Popular postie moved to new round
Continued from page one In a letter to Mr Rudgard, which was pub- lished on Hollingbourne Parish Council’s website, Gary Redmond from the Royal Mail’s chief executive office said the com- pany had discussed the reshuffle – part of a business modernisation plan that will also see the town’s delivery office relocated to Park Wood – with the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU). Mr Redmond appeared to confirm vil- lagers’ beliefs that Mr Cooper was being moved because a more senior postman had requested his round. He said: “The agreement with the CWU includes a re-pick of duties based on sen- iority. This is also being applied as a ballot was held and an overwhelming majority voted to have the re-pick.”
Nurse free to practise Continued from page one
not entitled to receive a prescription writ- ten by a colleague, a doctor at the hospital. For this reason the NMC found Mr Gobin had not obtained the prescription or the drug inappropriately. The panel found Mr Gobin had been dis- honest and was guilty of misconduct. However, because of his good behaviour,
and the fact Mr Gobin said he had learnt from his mistakes, they did not believe him a risk to patients or likely to bring the pro- fession into disrepute and declared his fit- ness to practise was not impaired. The panel also noted that Mr Gobin was
given a formal verbal warning in 2007 over the parking permit issue.
In a letter sent to Royal Mail chief execu-
tiveMoya Greene before Mr Cooper left, Mr Rudgard said: “Troy is extremely well liked and respected; he knows the village and the villagers; he is an asset to Royal Mail and to the quality of life in the village.” Hollingbourne Parish Council chairman
Cllr Mike Bedwell said: “Troy always went that extra mile for people in the village. If someone wasn’t in and he knew who they were friends with, he’d take their parcel there. If he rang the doorbell and knew an elderly person lived there, he’d give them extra time to get to the door. “It is such a shame he has been moved to another round – a lot of people in the vil- lage will be upset.” Royal Mail spokesman Sally Hopkins said: “We are pleased that our customers in
Work starts on trees COPPICING of some of the trees around Box- ley Parish Council’s Beechen Hall, Walder- slade, was due to start on February 9. The work at the
hall (pictured), which had been scheduled to begin in January but was delayed due to bad weather, also in- volves the removal of some lower branches from trees that cannot be coppiced. Permission was obtained from Maidstone Council as tree preservation orders are in place.
Hollingbourne have had such excellent service from one of our postmen. It is al- ways gratifying when our customers recog- nise the hard work of their postman or woman.We need to continually review our operation in the light of falling mail vol- umes and a change in what we deliver – fewer letters and more parcels. “As such, some customers may notice that
a different postman or woman will deliver their mail. However, we can assure cus- tomers that all our staff are trained to the same high standards, and quality of service will be maintained.” Both Cllr Bedwell and Mr Rudgard said
Mr Cooper enjoyed working in Holling- bourne and had not asked to leave. Royal Mail employees are not allowed to talk to the press about their work.
Juniper tree removal plan ETIENNE Greeff has applied to remove a ju- niper tree from the garden of Brook House, Lower Street, Leeds. The application form says the tree is of
low amenity value and problematic due to overhead cables. Maidstone Council will determine the planning application.
Listed buildings logged A REGISTER of listed buildings in Boxley parish has been compiled by the parish council office, based on information sup- plied by English Heritage.
Side extension allowed PLANNING permission was granted for a single-storey side extension at Keepers Cot- tage, Rumstead Lane, Stockbury.
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