Thanks to those that have been there; I couldn't make it and I apologize for that. With all respect for mr Hughes, I think that his suggestions are reinforcing the bad delivery of the Royal Mail in SE1. Why should we think of alternatives to be safer, whereas the whole point of this discussion is that we want Mandela Way to deliver the way they should? I don't have any other address, so where do I have my contact lenses sent? Did he have any other solutions? Did he say what he was going to do about the cause, rather than tell us how to deal with the symptoms?
I was there and if you reread Mapmaker's post you'll see that it wasn't Simon Hughes' recommendation but Mapmaker's conclusion from the meeting. Simon Hughes listened and took notes and is going away to pass on the problems and get a response from the Post Office - have a look at the website for a report of the meeting. It was interesting to hear how many people had had similar bad experiences and it's true that everyone who could (including me) got important/valuable mail delivered outside SE1.
I hope that when Simon Hughes is making his case to the Post Office/Mandela Way etc etc, he does the maths on this and remembers it's a fairly random sample of local residents.
9 web-forum readers on a Friday night attending the meeting with very little notice must equate to hundreds or perhaps thousands of people across the postcode - people who have had similar problems, but who don't have web access, don't know the site, wouldn't participate in a forum- etc etc.
I wonder what the calculations might be on this.
And I hope that he remembers that the complainants on this list number far more than the 9 who could make it. We are legion...
I hasten to add, to reinforce SEH's comments that they were NOT Mr Hughes's suggestions to us. Rather it was a few suggestions that cropped up during the meeting for how people deal with what is certainly a serious problem.
If you'd rather be safe than sorry then follow my tips so far as you are able...
Anyway, he asked us to undertake an 8 day monitoring exercise. I should imagine that anybody who wishes to is welcome to join in. Please make a note of any postal issues you have over the next week. Email your results to him. He is well aware that there was only a handful of us, and that we are legion - or maybe that there are hosts of us whilst dodgy postal workers are legion...
A couple of other facts that we learned at the meeting:
Apparently we are in a trial zone for 1 delivery per day rather than 2.
A postman is allowed to go home when he has finished his rounds.