Declining postal service

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I HAVE noticed the slow decline of a once excellent postal service by Royal Mail.

It all started last year when my regular postie explained why the once-early delivery was now a late morning one.

Apparently the Royal Mail, in its wisdom, was preventing postmen from leaving the sorting office early as they could then finish early.

So they had to sit around and wait until they got the green light to set off on their rounds.

Before Christmas I noticed that some days we don’t get a delivery, and others it is lunchtime and later before it arrives.

Yesterday, I received a letter posted before Christmas, and some things have never arrived.

New direct debits have not been delivered to their intended recipients, causing delays in mortgage payments.

So, what has happened? Will it improve when our government, as they have signalled, sell off yet another national asset?

Has anyone else noticed this decline and would the Post Office care to comment?

P Green, via email

This Diamond is still glittering

DIAMOND Holidays of Market Harborough has been inundated with calls since Friday when a similarly-named company based in Swansea ceased trading.

Diamond Shortbreak Holidays Ltd that trades as Diamond Holidays, The River Cruise line and Diamond Rail Holidays, is not connected to the failed company and continues to trade successfully.

We are naturally very sorry the other company has ceased trading and our thoughts are with their customers and staff.

We would, however, like to assure all of our customers that we are still very much here and, following a record year in 2010, we have had a fantastic start to the new year, with 45 staff taking over 40,000 travellers on holiday by coach, river cruise ship and rail in the UK and Europe. We are fully bonded members of ABTA.

Kevin Riley, MD, via email

Peruse this natural wonder

I AM writing to offer your readers the chance of a lifetime in visiting one of the wonders of the world as part of a fund-raising expedition for World Cancer Research Fund.

The charity – which funds cancer prevention research and education – is offering places on three trips in 2011 to see the ruins of Machu Picchu, high in the Peruvian Andes.

Trekkers only need a £475 registration fee to reserve a place and then raise a set amount of sponsorship before embarking on a 10-day journey to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The hike will take participants off the beaten track to witness rural life amid the spectacular scenery of the Andes. The three trips are being organised in May, September and October.

To sign up or find out more, please visit www.wcrf-uk.org/peru

Sian Fraser, events fundraiser, World Cancer Research Fund