BOROUGH chiefs have suggested that the town’s sorting office could move to a new site in a bid to ensure that the Royal Mail does not close it altogether.

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And the council has even offered sites it owns as potential homes for a larger sorting office to serve Suffolk and north Essex.

As a sweetener it has offered to negotiate a new deal with the Royal Mail to allow it to move out of its Commercial Road site – providing it retains a sorting office in the town.

Two sites that the borough owns are in Scrivener Drive, next to Suffolk One, and the former park and ride site at Bury Road.

Another option which has been suggested to the Royal Mail is to build a new sorting office in Futura Park – the new business estate where John Lewis and Waitrose opened in November.

Mr Ellesmere said: “At the moment the Royal Mail are gathering facts about the sorting office – but in our talks we did raise the issue of other potential sites if they are concerned that Commercial Road is not large enough for their purposes.”

The talks did not discuss the possibility of retaining a base in or near the town centre for customers to collect parcels.

It could be expensive for the Royal Mail to walk away from Commercial Road if it does not move to a new site in the town – the sorting office is owned by the borough and the rent reflects the importance of the office to the town.

However if Royal Mail wanted to walk away from the site without opening a new sorting office in the town, they could be charged the market rent to break the contract – and that could be very expensive.

If the sorting office does move from Commercial Road, the large site would then be redeveloped – it would probably be marketed as a retail or office site on the main walking route between the town centre and the railway station.

It could be attractive as a redevelopment site because it is next to Cardinal Park and the new Tesco store that is due to be built in Grafton Way next year.

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3 comments

  • Close the sorting office and stick a huge budget hotel on the site. Then announce all the 'new jobs' that will be 'created'. Then change the subject when exactly the same number of jobs are lost at surrounding hotels. Economic growth is a complex beast and takes careful and strong planning policies. Sometimes you have to turn down something good in the short term for something better in the long term.

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    Erm, Why?

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • This seems a sensible approach by IBC as it would fit in with development of that part of the town. I'm sure a site on the outskirts of the town would be more useful to the Post Office, although it's not clear what their objective is for moving from Commercial Road. I'm surprised to learn that IBC owns the Bury Road park and ride site. Thought the reson for stopping the service was because that site was too expensive. Should have realised it was just County Council politics.

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    amsterdam81

    Monday, January 7, 2013

  • No no no please not in Futura park, it takes long enough to get stuff from Commercial road can you imaging what it would be like up there?? Stupid place to put the Fire station for a start so lets just add to the misery!!!

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    C Smith

    Friday, January 4, 2013

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