DEMONSTRATIONS have been held following the withdrawal of home postal deliveries in five Orihuela Costa urbanisations.
Councillor for the Coast Martina Scheurer was joined by acting Mayor of Orihuela Antonio Zapata at the protest in front of the Playa Flamenca Post Office.
Thousands of homes are now cut off from home deliveries with owners having to make the trip to the post office in Playa Flamenca to collect mail before it is returned to the central sorting office.
Bob Houliston from CLARO said it was a difficult and intolerable situation for many, adding: “For those who are not mobile it is a serious problem. For those who are frequently away from their homes, the situation is extremely worrying since the fate of their mail will be totally unknown.
“We all rely on the post to receive personal mail, bank statements and bills as well as official communications from the Spanish authorities. The job of the post office is to ensure the delivery of such mail.” The decision to stop home deliveries was made in Madrid, based on the grounds that there was a population density of less than 25 inhabitants per hectare, as the area is divided into smaller urbanisations.
An appeal against the decision has been lodged on the grounds that Orihuela Costa as a whole has 35,000 registered residents.