RESIDENTS and businesses living in a number of places in San Miguel de Salinas will shortly be receiving their mail closer to home.
Normal postal services operated by Correos cannot be delivered, legally, to addresses that are beyond a specified distance from an urban area. They can only deliver certificated letters to such locations. Affected residents in San Miguel de Salinas have been demanding a solution to this frustrating issue for some years which currently means they have to have their own post office box in the main office based in the municipality and have to travel to their to collect them.
This is now going to change as San Miguel council has brought in a by-law to ensure a daily delivery to some of these outlying urbanisations although it comes with a small charge. For a fee of €120 for a period of 15 years, 50 multi-address mailboxes will be installed by the municipality.
As explained by Councillor Sergio Correas, there aren’t many municipalities that have put such initiatives into place even though there are a number of examples of urbanisations that are isolated from their nearest urban centre, although there are a handful in the north of the Alicante province.
It’s understood that around 15 outlying residential areas will come under the scheme, and benefit from the first 50 groups of mailboxes. Councillor Correas believes that it will encourage other communities to participate in the project to ensure that their mail arrives in a timely fashion – especially with more parcels being sent these days – and save the current yearly fee of €70 paid to Correos.