Red letter day for Ovaltinees

Kevin Snow22nd July 2009

A long trudge to the post box will become a thing of the past for residents of the 367 homes at Ovaltine Court following action by Three Rivers District Council.

Tania Metcalfe from the nearby residents associationThe residents' association representing the Court sought help from one of their local councillors, Joy Mann, after they were unsuccessful in their negotiations with the Royal Mail.

Cllr Mann, as a member of the Council's Public Services and Health Committee, raised the issue at a committee meeting using the Council's new powers known as a 'community call to action'.

The Committee reviewed the need for a post box and supported residents. The Committee argued that the nearest post boxes suggested by Royal Mail were just too far way. They then called on Royal Mail to act to install an extra box and suggested some public land owned by the Council in front of the development where it could go. A meeting with local Royal Mail officials agreed a location and now the post box has been installed. Cllr Mann posted the first letter in the box today.

Cllr Joy Mann said:

"I am delighted that the Committee supported this community call for action. The residents had been asking for a post box for some time and contacted me. The new box is a safe solution for pedestrians and still provides an efficient collection service. The other post boxes involved crossing busy roads or using roads without pavements."

Public Services and Health Committee Chairman, Councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst, said:Representatives from the residents assocation, Royal Mail and Three Rivesr District Council with the new post box

"The work that Joy and the residents put into this should be congratulated and shows that with our backing we can make a small but important contribution to the local community - in this case getting a post box where it was needed. Post boxes are also a focal point where people meet and talk."

The next Local Area Forum for Abbots Langley and Bedmond will take place on 23 November 2009 at Bedmond Village Hall, High Street, Bedmond at 7:30am. Residents are asked to confirm meeting details before attending 01923 776611.