ROYAL Mail has temporarily taped-off a post-box in Oswestry because of high volumes of dog waste in front it, posing a health and safety risk.

The post-box off Middleton Road, near Plas Ffynnon Medical Centre, has been sealed off since May 11.

A sign, taped on the front of the mailbox, reads: “We’re making this temporary closure because the levels of dog fouling in front of the box are presenting a health and safety risk to both members of the public using the box and our staff collecting from it.


Border Counties Advertizer: Royal Mail sign on sealed-off mailbox in OswestryRoyal Mail sign on sealed-off mailbox in Oswestry (Image: NQ Staff)

“We’ll return this post-box to normal service as soon as possible.”

Users of the mailbox have tried to ask others to not let their dogs conduct their business around the box by leaving signs urging them to take their dogs elsewhere - albeit with some slightly colourful language.

Tony Powell, who lives off Llys Lane in the Bay Cottages, believes this all started when at the beginning of the year Shropshire Council errected a low level fence around the postbox. 

He said: "I think it started since the fence was put up.

"But now with it closed people still don't care and there is always mess around the mailbox."

Tony, 72 and retired, thinks it's the dog owner's fault.

"I lost my dog about 12 months ago, but I used to carry bags with me all the time and clean after him", he added, "It's the owner's fault". 

The 72-year-old has a disability which impairs his mobility, and he explained that now he has to wait for bigger trips in town to sort his mail. 

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Other locations for residents to deal with their mail, and final collection times, are Victoria Road and 21 Middleton Road, Monday to Friday at 9am, Saturdays at 7am; and Leg Street, Monday to Friday at 4.45pm, Saturdays 12pm.

Royal Mail urges anyone with queries and concerns to contact their team on 03457 740 740.