Path ‘too slippy’ to deliver post to Enid, 82

Enid Sugden, 82, says the post office is refusing to deliver her post because of 'slippery path' - pictured alongside wall.
Enid Sugden, 82, says the post office is refusing to deliver her post because of 'slippery path' - pictured alongside wall.

An 82-year-old widow has been told she will no longer have post delivered to her home - because her footpath is ‘too slippy’.

Enid Sugden has lived in her cottage, on Higham and Dob Lane in Sowerby Bridge, for the past 50 years, with no problem receiving mail.

But the grandmother-of-five began to notice she had not had any post delivered for a number of weeks.

After quizzing Royal Mail she was told the postal staff were refusing to deliver to her house becuase the footpath was too slippy. She said: “This house is 300 years old and post has been delivered for most of that time. I’ve lived here 50 years and not had any problems before.

“They said the footpath’s slippy - well footpaths do get slippy. It’s regularly used by locals and there’s not a problem.”

Mrs Sugden said they had offered to post mail to one of her neighbours at the top of the path but she said she wouldn’t expect her neighbour to do that every day.

Royal Mail spokeswoman Felicity MacFarlane said the decision was made after a postlady slipped and injured herself on stepping stones covered in aglae and moss six weeks ago.

She said: “Unfortunately, the narrow road is also in the same condition and hazardous for the same reason. Suspension of delivery is always a last resort for Royal Mail. The customer was informed that it is not safe to deliver the mail when conditions are wet. The arrangement is in place where the postman or postwoman will deliver mail when conditions underfoot are dry via the road.

“As the address is extremely rural we have also offered the customer to have her mail delivered to a nearby address which is at the top of the lane. This offer has not been taken up.”