It was encouraging to see the story about mail arrival in Cyprus (Sunday Mail May 26) and the upcoming visit of the UK’s Royal Mail officials to discuss this issue. My local village Houseowners’ Association dismissively told me a few months ago that I was “a Little Englander” bothering about what I have long considered a very poor service in terms of mail delivery from the UK.
The Association’s committee on behalf of its members declined to look into my concern, so I looked into it myself. The very badly delayed or lost Christmas and Mothering Sunday cards, the magazines taking weeks to get here, official mail, and the letters and packages from family and friends looking stale after excessive periods languishing who knows where, all contribute to a serious loss of confidence in either the UK or Cypriot postal services – or both. A telephone call from the approached Cyprus Postal Service simply blamed the admitted low standard of deliveries on shortages of local staff and an irregular standard of outgoing airmail despatch from Britain.
A letter from the UK Postal Directorate promised to examine the circumstances. Such an easy duality of excuses. Expensively stamped mail appears to be routed through Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, or one of several other European countries, obviously contributing to delay and loss. I’m bound to say there are thousands of us expatriates who would value swifter postal deliveries despite the alternatives of Skype, email, texting, and telephones. It is to be hoped that following the Royal Mail visit the situation will improve markedly.
Clive Turner, Paphos