Residents in the two adjacent Miller Homes housing developments of Strathyre Avenue and Clearwater Park in Broughty Ferry, known locally as Ferryfields, are to get a new pedestal post box probably within two months.
The estate, which has a strong local residents association, is campaigning for other community services as the number of occupied houses in the two parts of the estate approaches two hundred.
SNP Council Candidate Kevin Cordell welcomed the move, having initially alerted Royal Mail to the need for a new postbox while canvassing in the area. He was under the impression that the local residents association had already raised the matter with Royal Mail.
Kevin, who works for local MP Stewart Hosie, wrote to Royal Mail to check the timescale for this and got the surprising response from the Director of Scottish Affairs that they knew nothing about it.
Kevin said: “In fact, they were seeking further information from me on the source of my information! So I passed on to them a formal request from Stewart Hosie for a postbox in the estate.”
Kevin was informed on 21st March that Royal Mail has written to the Roads and Planning Department of Dundee City Council informing them of their intention to locate a pedestal postbox on Linlathen Road.
In his reply, Ian McKay, Director of Scottish Affairs at Royal Mail commented: “Kevin, your efforts put this one on the radar. This matter had not been raised with us previously but following Mr Hosie’s request we… have managed to move earlier than I had hoped although there are still a few procedures to be gone through before it is in place.”