Residents remain confused about where postmen will deliver to in Meltham.
Royal Mail suspended deliveries in and around Golcar Brow Road on July 22 when a postman suffered serious injuries after being attacked by a dog. It was the second dog bite incident in the area.
People living on Golcar Brow Road, The Hollow, Nab Crescent, Copley Avenue and Deer Hill Court faced an eight-mile round trip to Holmfirth Post Office to collect mail. Royal Mail say they resumed deliveries to Golcar Brow Road and The Hollow in September.
Now photographs shared with the Examiner show post vans parked outside houses where Royal Mail deliveries are banned.
On social media residents affected said they do not blame the postmen but the people at Royal Mail making the decisions.
Michelle Crowe lives on Copley Avenue but her front door is on Golcar Brow Road. She saw a Royal Mail van parked a mere metre away from her external postbox and took a photo of it. After showing it to Royal Mail her deliveries resumed yet her neighbours, including a couple in their 80s, still can’t get mail.
Michelle said: “A postman on Tuesday told me he thinks it’s getting ridiculous.
“We have every sympathy with the postmen, but after four months why has this not been resolved?
“People have done everything asked by Royal Mail I’ve put locks on my gates, fitted an external postbox and have security gates inside so when I get other deliveries the dog can’t get out.
“But they then tell us there are too many dogs on the estate, the estate layout has too many blind spots and our fences are too high for them to see over. It seems the goalposts are changing.”
Kay Baldwin shared photos of a post van parked opposite her Deer Hill Court home.
She said: “Literally across the road is Red Lane were the van parks and (he) walks off down the road and leaves the van across from my house.
“Why can they not leave our post at Meltham Post Office, why Holmfirth? We live in Meltham.”
The Examiner asked Royal Mail to explain why post vans can park on roads they can’t deliver to, but their spokeswoman said “I am afraid that we don’t have anything further to add to Sunday’s statement.”
On Sunday they told us: “We have been continually reviewing the ongoing suspension of mail to the Copley Avenue area and are doing so again urgently this week. We will notify our affected customers directly of the outcome. We would like to reassure our customers and elected representatives that our review has been escalated and is being treated as a priority.”
On Facebook Martin Allan wrote: “Firstly, the residents priority has always been the safety of Royal Mail staff and any one else visiting our estate. That dog was removed on the day of the attack by the police who guaranteed that it wouldn’t be released.