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  1. Published on: 10/11/2020 11:34 AMReported by: roving-eye
    A prominent campaigner for the heritage of Southport has written to Royal Mail
    requesting a Parcel Post Box for the town to better support residents and businesses during and long after the international COVID-19 Pandemic.

    David Barton, former Councillor for the Dukes Ward has said his focus has been, and remains, the restoration of Southport and its reclamation of its “Classic Resort” status.

    Mr. Barton believes his proposal would be of great benefit to the local area on the basis that the nearest Parcel Post Box is up to 40 minutes away by car heading North to Preston; East to Ormskirk and South to Crosby. This therefore presently poses a concern for discerning people as to raising their susceptibility to the virus through venturing outdoors during intermittent lockdowns.

    In 1516 King Henry VIII Knighted Brian Tuke, the First Master of the Posts, whose
    influence and authority to establish key postal towns across the nation led to the
    building of a highly successful formalized postal network that is still in operation
    today. The characteristic red pillar boxes that were first introduced in 1852, bearing Latin initials delineating the Monarch in power at that time, remain a key mainstay of communities up and down the land.

    Mr. Barton previously secured an ongoing commitment from Royal Mail in 2016 for an entire restoration of all 101 Southport Post Boxes that coincided with its 500th Anniversary that year. This has been well received locally by many residents across Churchtown, Crossens, Southport Town Centre, Birkdale, Ainsdale, Kew and Blowick.

    Mr Barton says: “By accounting for the ongoing international pandemic lasting well into the foreseeable future, I truly believe from my own observation of intermittent lockdowns to date that our town still has the real prospect of establishing itself as one of commerce and enterprise for people of all ages and denominations, should it be given as much opportunity to do so.“

    “By introducing the town’s first ever Parcel Post Box this will have bountiful
    advantages for everyone, notably businesses that trade goods and documents en
    masse across various sectors ranging from hospitality to service professionals. By
    learning to adapt to the pandemic in as conducive a way as possible, this can also
    lessen the emotional impact on friends and families keeping in touch around the
    year, such as during Birthdays and other special milestones.”

    He says: “If successful, this could very well lead to more Parcel Post Boxes being established across our seaside town and Borough, but naturally as per my original request, I would expect these to be in-keeping with the town’s signature Victorian identity.”
    “Other welcome mid and long-term advantages that may be derived from such an
    innovative scheme would be the encouragement of children to hone their literacy
    skills through a new incentive to write to close ones for the remainder of 2020 into
    2021 and beyond, alongside relieving strain on local Post offices through a literal
    unburdening of their workload.”
     






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  3. justbecause says:10/11/2020 12:26 PM
    So this reptile has crawled back out from under his stone.

  4. Likes Little Londoner liked this post
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  5. Little Londoner says:10/11/2020 01:12 PM
    Why would anyone take any notice of the wannabe David Icke, I normally take parcels I want to post to the Post Office is that too hard for him to comprehend.

  6. Darkside says:10/11/2020 02:51 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Little Londoner View Post
    Why would anyone take any notice of the wannabe David Icke, I normally take parcels I want to post to the Post Office is that too hard for him to comprehend.
    Difficult to do that when it's closed.

    As for the personal comments about him in the post above yours, he is innocent until proven guilty in complicity with his father's criminal activities and has always worked and campaigned to improve our town.

  7. Likes K-T liked this post
  8. The PNP says:10/11/2020 06:23 PM
    Nice idea, but I wouldn't have a clue about how many stamps to put on a parcel!

  9. salus.populi says:10/11/2020 06:24 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Darkside View Post
    Difficult to do that when it's closed.

    .
    It is, but many post office counters within convenience stores are open long hours.
    Also parcels tend to be items of some value so it's always advisable to get proof of posting which you don't get when you just put something in a post box.

  10. Little Londoner says:10/11/2020 09:15 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Darkside View Post
    Difficult to do that when it's closed.

    Are you after the crown of Champion of Stating the Obvious, you'll have to wrestle it off Pnp.
    I wouldn't try and post a parcel out of normal Post Office hours it's called Common Sense a commodity sadly lacking in a large part of the population.

  11. donkey22 says:10/11/2020 11:12 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by The PNP View Post
    Nice idea, but I wouldn't have a clue about how many stamps to put on a parcel!
    You can now print off your own! You just go online and input the weight of the parcel and where it’s going etc, and it works it all out for you. It’s a new service on offer, hence the request for a ‘parcel box’ in town.
    https://send.royalmail.com/
    Last edited by donkey22; 11/11/2020 at 12:02 AM.

  12. salus.populi says:12/11/2020 02:26 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by donkey22 View Post
    You can now print off your own! You just go online and input the weight of the parcel and where it’s going etc, and it works it all out for you. It’s a new service on offer, hence the request for a ‘parcel box’ in town.
    https://send.royalmail.com/
    New service? I've been printing off my own postage for royal mail parcels at home for about a decade.


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