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Fighting 15s Inactive Member28 Aug 2012 6:23 a.m. PST

From late September and subject to regulatory approval, Royal Mail plans to start leaving packages with neighbours if the addressee is out. A while you were out note will be stuck through the addressee's letterbox telling them the package is next door. The scheme does not apply to special delivery or international signed for items, but I'm sure it will affect the majority of wargames-related packages.

There is an opt-out scheme.

For more details, check out: link

BTW, don't get me on the claims for non-delivery that will doubtless ensue. :-)


GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Aug 2012 6:38 a.m. PST

I can't see that it makes much of a change, it has been common practice around here for ages already – as I'm sure it has in many areas.

I suspect that, with recent price hikes favouring Large Letter packets, less will need to be handed over as many will be switching to LL where possible.

At least RM don't leave it on your doorstep in the pouring rain like some courier firms do.

GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member28 Aug 2012 6:52 a.m. PST

Actually, sometimes they do leave things on the doorstep in the pouring rain…..though usually it's left in the garage or with a neighbour. Non-delivery via neighbour is not an issue for me.

Fighting 15s Inactive Member28 Aug 2012 7:08 a.m. PST


Royal Mail has been testing the scheme in different areas, and the project has been under way for some time. Currently, the practice isn't approved by the regulatory authority; it doesn't mean it isn't a common-sense unofficial approach to the reality of mail delivery.

Best, Ian

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member28 Aug 2012 7:11 a.m. PST

Yall pay taxes for that? The US Postal service won't even deliver mail to homes in my little town. Got to go to the Post office to collect it. And I get to pay about $40.00 USD extra for the pivilege! Then we get ever higher rates to pay as well. Not sure what can be done about it. But I'm pretty much ready to find out.

Buff Orpington Inactive Member28 Aug 2012 7:23 a.m. PST

This marks a major improvement for me. Our postman always used to do this for us but was told to stop under threat of disciplinary action by his bosses. I'm lucky, the sorting office is a ten minute walk away but others have to travel miles to an office that only opens 8am-12am. I have good neighbours.

Personal logo optional field Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2012 7:30 a.m. PST

I suppose this varies with the neighborhood. Here in Atlanta, USA, I doubt many packages would make it to their original recipients with such a policy.

Fighting 15s Inactive Member28 Aug 2012 7:39 a.m. PST

The downfall of it all, of course, will be the neighbour who is always in when you are out and always out when you are in.

nickinsomerset28 Aug 2012 8:21 a.m. PST

All I can say is that the village Postman who serves us is brilliant (And even the stand ins do a superb job!)

Tally Ho!

Maddaz111 Inactive Member28 Aug 2012 9:57 a.m. PST

our postie is brilliant, but we have already signed up to the opt out as our neighbour is not very nice, and has argued with us, and the nurses, and the doctors, and the ambulance drivers, and pretty much any visitor who come to the place. He even argued with the ambulance who came to pick up my father after a suspected heart attack, because he could not get out of his drive…

I hope that this common sense system will work where good neighbours exist!

ChargeSir Inactive Member28 Aug 2012 10:40 a.m. PST

They already do it for me its a godsend for busy working people, cost is a bottle of wine as a thank you to my neighbours at Christmas.

Personal logo Waco Joe Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2012 4:07 p.m. PST

Hmm, what happens when your next door neighbor is running a meth lab?

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member28 Aug 2012 5:45 p.m. PST

Waco Joe if I knew my next door neighbor was doing such I'd ventilate him. That's what a good rifle's for. And I've got a good rifle.

uruk hai Inactive Member28 Aug 2012 11:28 p.m. PST

We get a little note left saying to pick up any packages that are undelivered from the depot.

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