A county councillor has hit out at Irish Water after they blocked off a postbox which is used by many locals in Letterkenny.
Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh says that residents are expressing annoyance that a post box in the New Line Road area has been fenced off and is inaccessible due to work taking place on the footpath.
The post box is used by many elderly residents in the area and they have been expressing frustration that the post box is now inaccessible.
Cllr Kavanagh said “I was contacted today by a lady from College Farm Road who was very annoyed that the post box was sealed off and she was worried that a letter she had managed to get posted there, would not have been collected by the postal service.”
Cllr Kavanagh has spoken to An Post and they have assured him that collections are still being made from this box, although it is highly unlikely anything will be posted there until the fence is removed and the work completed.
He added “Older and vulnerable people should be aware that as part of their service during COVID-19 An Post are providing a service whereby the postman/woman can take any mail that they have for free and post it for them, the postal delivery service will apply a postage mark at the local mail centre, and then proceed to deliver the mail to the recipient.
“If an elderly person has a mail item they need collecting they can put a sign in their window saying “I have mail” and the postal delivery staff will collect it on their route.”
He said this should help overcome the problem of the sealed-off post box at New Line Road, at least for the elderly and vulnerable.