Letter: It’s a shame that Royal Mail won’t let us have a name and number

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I am one of the disappointed residents of West End Road Wyberton who discovered that the Royal Mail database (and thus our local council) can only accommodate a house name or number in our address, not both.

This was understandable in 1959 when the system was introduced to UK, but the digital age has advanced significantly in fifty years!

Having moved home more than 20 times and lived in five different countries I know this is possible; it is provided even in less developed countries.

An ‘additional address line’ is usual in most systems.

I fully support those who do not want to see the loss of historic house names, but equally I have been made very aware of the difficulties that local tradesmen, delivery drivers, taxis and visitors have in locating my home.

‘Satnav’ systems cannot locate me and even Google misplaces my house by half a mile on the opposite side of the road. Emergency services would be delayed as they use these services.

There are probably other roads with similar problems in the Borough.

The lack of an additional address line is a problem for houses converted to flats; for example a credit rating can be affected by a bad neighbour with a common address.

Boston appears to have many large older houses now in multiple occupancy.

I urge Boston Borough Council to seek a solution, and suggest issuing a plot number for each house and parcel of land, which homeowners could choose or not to register on the Royal Mail database.

Additionally the council should also press Royal Mail to adopt a system which can preserve the links with the past whilst mitigating the dangers of living outside of the digital age.

Name and number should be able to co-exist!

Our local councillor Coun Richard Austin has been diligently exploring the issues on behalf of the residents, for which he has my thanks.

Mike Sharp