johnm wrote:@Paultheparaglider I fear you are yet another victim of world beating British Management
To be fair, John, it is a reality of commercial pressures. As @kanga points out, many countries don't have the to the door service we are used to in the UK, and experiences like ours are likely to become more commonplace in future.
Many visitors used to comment over the years that they were surprised that mail was delivered to us because it is a fair trek up a mucky lane. We would have been quite open to a reasonable compromise such as a weekly service or some other such arrangement as we recognised daily delivery to our address wasn't commercially viable, but we were annoyed that Royal Mail simply brought a health and safety team in from Bristol and fabricated what we considered was a totally frivolous excuse to get out of their universal service obligation.
My tale is a cautionary one, though. Appreciate what you have while you have it even if it does mean the price of stamps going up. Further commercial pressures, particularly if external competition is introduced, are far more likely to lead to reductions in service than improvements.