Hello ladies and gents.
I'm here to ask you all if you would be willing to help right a terrible wrong. The fate of handmade items everywhere hangs in the balance!
Ok, maybe not quite as dramatic as all that, but now I have your attention, I shall explain, lol.
In my parents' village (Ballater, in the north-east of Scotland, near Balmoral Castle), the Royal Mail powers-that-be decided they wanted to cut some costs (How else will they be able to afford the CEO's measly £1.5 million payout..?), and after moving the post office from it's own dedicated building to a 4ft counter in the co-op, they decided that wasn't anywhere near enough saving.
So what did they do?
They decided to close the sorting office.
Where do the posties now sort the mail, you may ask? Well, they are forced to sort the mail in a public car park. Now, this is Scotland, not Hawaii. It's currently July - the height of summer - and they've had two dry days so far this month. Imagine what December is going to be like? Now, aside from the fact that having the mail sitting outside to get blown away or soaked (which it has, regularly, according to my mum), it's disgusting to ask the postal workers to work under these conditions, without a roof, or even a bathroom!
Not to mention that any Tom, Dick or Angus is perfectly within their rights to be wandering through said car park at any time, which of course presents a real security risk. Mail goes missing often enough as is, without tempting the more unsavoury characters to try and help it along!
Anyway, as you can understand, this affects not only the people of Ballater and surrounding areas, but also those people sending them mail (like me, or anyone who wants to send Her Majesty a letter at Balmoral, lol).
So now that I've bored you with my endless waffle, I would like to ask if you ladies and gents would be willing to sign this petition, protesting the situation, in the hopes that they may take notice and take steps to rectify the situation.
Many thank yous.