Just to let you all know - I have received an email from Anthony Phelan, manager at the SE1 sorting office , wanting to set up a meeting to discuss our appalling post. I am planning to give him details of the postal problems, without giving any names and addresses, if that suits people? Names and addresses are being passed onto Cllr Porter, for the criminal investigation.
I will keep you posted (hah) on what's happening, and if anyone else would like to be at the meeting with Anthony Phelan, then email me, as usual at [removed]@hotmail.com - with se1 post meeting as your subject header.
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 1 February 2006 10.29am by James Hatts.
I was made redundant from the postal survey and here's the explanation:
Following on from our recent letter where we informed you that we were suspending your participation, and your subsequent enquiry, I am writing to explain the situation.
Back in January, the postal regulator brought to our attention the on-line discussions taking place on the London SE1 forum about the postal survey, and queried the impartiality of a small number of our panellists. Our remit is to ensure that there is no potential for any bias in our recruitment of panellists and therefore we have to follow very strict guidelines. With this in mind we have sought to remove any panellists connected with the forum as we cannot guarantee their annonymity. I am sorry but while you may not have discussed the survey with your Postman or other contact with Royal Mail, your association with the forum has lead to your removal.
I am sorry if this is disappointing for you and I do thank you for your interest.
"the postal regulator brought to our attention the on-line discussions taking place on the London SE1 forum about the postal survey, and queried the impartiality of a small number of our panellists. "
"Our remit is to ensure that there is no potential for any bias in our recruitment of panellists and therefore we have to follow very strict guidelines. "
"With this in mind we have sought to remove any panellists connected with the forum as we cannot guarantee their annonymity"
These statements have no logical connection to each other.
I do recognise that there is a real risk that some posters could be plants employed by private postal/courier providers (or for their highly-paid financial and corporate affairs advisers) who are seeking to eliminate the Post Office's monopoly on local delivery on the grounds of alleged inefficiency.
However, I can see no other grounds for bias. People who don't know that their post is being stolen/lost don't complain!!!
It is appalling that Posctomm seem to be putting process issues of this sort ahead allegations of a complete operational breakdown of local Post Office management, coupled with allegations of widespread theft of both valuable items and documents required for identity fraud.
I can accept that where there are posters who use names that are obvious variants on their real names and who have given address details in their posts, then it may be unwise to include them in the sample (It makes sense to assume that the perpetrators of the alleged thefts may be reading this forum since the South London Press coverage.)
I would suggest that every affected poster dropped from the survey (and anyone else who feels strongly) writes to complain to:
Postal Services Commission,
Hercules House Hercules Road