Public reassured over 'disappearing' post boxes

15th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

15 March 2006, BRUSSELS — The Belgian Post will send a letter to 4.5 million Belgian households on Thursday in response to public concerns about the disappearance of post boxes.

15 March 2006

BRUSSELS — The Belgian Post will send a letter to 4.5 million Belgian households on Thursday in response to public concerns about the disappearance of post boxes.

"The Post will continue do its best to supply a complete service. I promise you this in black and white," company chief Johnny Thijs writes.

Thijs stresses that to confront looming business challenges, the Post needs to continue the process of restructuring and improve its communication to the public.

"Perhaps you encounter inconveniences from the changes. I understand very well it requires an adjustment if a post box or a familiar post office disappears or is relocated. Or if changes occur in the round of your postal deliverer," Thijs writes in his letter.

"I ask therefore for your understanding. We are seeking the best solution for every one of our millions of clients."

Between March 2003 and February 2006, some 2,500 post boxes disappeared. Currently, there are still 17,000 red post boxes in Belgium.

However, the Post intends to reduce that number in coming years to 14,000. Post boxes that receive less than five letters each day will be removed.

Concerns about the reorganisation prompted Public Enterprises State Secretary Bruno Tuybens to request the Post temporarily stop removing post boxes at the start of February.

But Tuybens said last week the Post has since addressed his concerns about the lack of communication with the public. Consequently, the postal authority has since resumed its restructuring programme.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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