An early start, a Christmas hat and the problem with tradesmen's bells

Lynne Featherstone with Ben at the Wood Green Royal Mail sorting officeVisited Wood Green Delivery Office to meet the postmen and women who bring us our post all through the year – and at Christmas when the post bag must be ginormous!

There’s an absolutely wonderful atmosphere there – banter and fun all the way. The one very serious issue that was drawn to my attention, however, was the increasing problem they are having with tradesman bell times. Before, generally blocks of flats had access through tradesmen’s bells from say 7 – 10am. But the post office has changed its delivery times so that the last rounds go out even as late as 2pm. This is resulting in the posties not being able to deliver blocks – sometimes going back over several days.

Obviously people want their post ASAP. And obviously people don’t want the tradesman bells working all day as that would defeat the object of keeping people out. Keys are one possibility. A change in hours the next. Getting the post office to change its last deliver van to Hornsey & Wood Green – a long shot!

So that’s my task – to see if that conundrum can be solved – as it’s clearly a difficult but very important issue.!

And yes – my office made me wear the hat! Christmas cheer to all and thanks to everyone at Wood Green for being so welcoming – and at such an ungodly hour!