An Post ordered to cease sorting at Co Cork premises
Cork County Council issues notice to Boherbue facility over breach of planning rules
An Post has been ordered by Cork County Council to cease mail sorting operations at a premises in the county because it is in breach of planning regulations. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times
The county council served an enforcement order on the owners of the building, Boherbue Co-operative Agriculture and Dairy Society, to cease the postal sorting operations at the unit in the north Cork town.
In a letter to An Post, the local authority said the unit had planning permission as a retail unit but not permission to operate as a postal sorting office.
An Post began sorting mail at the office in August after it consolidated sorting in the Duhallow area.
“Postmasters get a payment from An Post for allowing postmen sort the local post in the post office and depending on the number of postmen, you could get paid between €5,000 and €8,000,” he said.
“The loss of between €5,000 and €8,000 is critical,” he said.
The letter, which was sent by the council on October 27th, sought An Post to cease all sorting operations within a week but The Irish Times understands sorting is continuing.
An Post said the co-op had applied for planning retention: “We are happy that the matter will be resolved through the regular planning channels,” said a spokesman.