New 'An Post' Unit for Thurles
By Eoin Kelleher
THURLES and the wider county can look forward to a speedier and more effective package delivery service, if a proposed Postal Delivery Service Unit (DSU) gets the go-ahead in Clongower.
An Post has lodged an application to build a 1.016 m2 one and two storey building with 74 parking bays, for the outskirts of Thurles. This includes 14 cycle spaces, and a new vehicle and pedestrian entrance access, all on a green field site of 0.7350 hectares on the N62 route.
The building will make the delivery service faster, especially for the growing online market in packets and packages, and the 26 office staff in Thurles can look forward to a more modern workspace, said a spokesperson for An Post.
Currently, mail is delivered from the back of the Post Office in Thurles, which is an old, cramped and congested space. Several years ago, An Post bought the Clongower site with a view to replacing the delivery service from the back of the old Office.
The current operation will move out to the new DSU, which will have new facilities to deal with larger packets. There has been a huge increase in the number of packets being posted, though overall, envelope and other deliveries are down. "Buying online has absolutely gone through the roof this year. That means we need facilities to handle them," said the spokesperson.
There will be no increase in staff levels during the re-deployment, though a number of construction jobs will be created. It's expected the unit will take about nine to 12 months to build, if planning permission is granted. A planning decision is due on or before February 23rd.