A man in Lower Sackville, N.S., is concerned about a 64-slot community mailbox that will be popping up near his backyard.
Canada Post’s decision to phase out urban home delivery means more community mailboxes are popping up across the country.
They will replace all home delivery service with community mailboxes over the next five years.
Nigel Walsworth is concerned about losing the privacy of his back deck. The new box is slated to go on the public section of grass bordering his unfenced lawn.
“It could be anybody checking out my house for a break in. You don't know; they could take things from my backyard,” he said.
“I understand that not-in-my-backyard response but to them I would say. 'OK, can we put them on your property?'”
Canada Post said it sent out surveys to people in the neighbourhood to get their input on where to put the mailboxes.
The feedback they got suggested people wanted mailboxes dispersed throughout the community.
But Walsworth said he never got the survey and had no idea Canada Post had chosen a location next to his yard until they showed up last week.
“A lot of the neighbours are not pleased with how Canada Post went about this,” said Walsworth.
He says a nearby community put up boxes for the entire community at either end of their street.
He's called Canada Post to tell them his concerns and suggest other locations.
“They've told me it's a done deal.”
Jon Hamilton of Canada Post said public opinion is a big factor in deciding where to put the boxes.
"We have in some circumstances made changes, but sometimes there's just not a better option," he said.