Royal Mail has suspended deliveries to two rural communities in Swansea because the surrounding lanes are too muddy. Postmen have complained about the boggy conditions when delivering to Owensfield and Holtsfield, and now the deliveries have been suspended.

Householders in the communities, which consist of wooden chalets and unmade roads, have been told to collect their mail from the Royal Mail depot.

A spokesperson for Royal Mail said, “We suspended deliveries after a postman reported that the path was extremely muddy and slippery as a result of the inclement weather. Deliveries were suspended following a visit by a senior health and safety manager after a postman reported problems walking along a muddy woodland path.”

However, residents are not happy with the decision. Ray Laurence, who lives in one of the communities, said, “Delivery drivers from other companies had no trouble dropping off parcels before Christmas and our regular postman knows the route well but this was a complaint from a relief postman.”

Dai Morris, another resident, said, “I walk along the lanes every day and it is absolutely fine with a pair of wellies. Some people would rather see all the fields covered in concrete and tarmac rather than get a bit muddy.”