Royal Mail to decide on future of Humberside
IT'S a bone of contention for many residents.
People have long complained about receiving letters post-marked Humberside, even though such a place does not exist.
Now campaigners are hoping the term will be dropped forever from the Royal Mail's official postal database.
Commissioners have announced they will make a decision on its use by the end of the year.
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Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, who has campaigned on the issue, is optimistic Royal Mail will take action.
He said: "We are not there yet, but I am very hopeful we will get the right result.
"For years, people who live in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull and across the Humber in North and North East Lincolnshire have simply not understood why this has taken so long to put right.
"I know many of my constituents will be delighted if it is finally decided to rectify this anomaly and drop Humberside forever."
Councillor Stephen Parnaby, leader of East Riding Council, is hopeful that common sense will prevail.
He said: "I too am delighted that it is being taken seriously, as many people have contacted me to express their utter frustration that Humberside is still being used in addresses after all these years."
In 2008, Postcomm, the independent regulator for UK postal services, announced it was holding a consultation seeking views on a code of practice to govern changes to Royal Mail's postcode address file.
At that time Mr Stuart launched the Humberside Must Go campaign and called for Postcomm to recommend the deletion of North and South Humberside from postal databases.
Royal Mail will consider Postcomm's recommendations in its review of counties and changes to its code, which then have to be approved by the regulator.
Philip Groves, senior associate at Postcomm, said Royal Mail has promised to review the matter.
He said: "Royal Mail has proposed to handle this question outside the immediate review of the code of practice.
"Our commissioners will consider the proposed changes to the code, including Royal Mail's approach on the issue of county information and we hope to publish a decision this year.
A spokesperson for Royal Mail said: "Royal Mail welcomes Postcomm's public consultation and awaits feedback for consideration into the code of practice, governing changes to the Postcode Address File which includes the use of counties in addresses."