Prospective Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy has welcomed news that the term Humberside could be dropped forever from postal addresses thanks to a long-running campaign supported by Andrew Percy and Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart.
After more than two years of meetings, co-ordinating joint submissions and calling on Postcomm to drop the long-defunct title from electronic files used by the Royal Mail, commissioners have announced they will make a decision by the end of the year.
Andrew Percy said, "There is still some way to go on this yet, but this is the closest to getting a result we have been since Humberside was abolished in the mid-1990s.
"For years people who live in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull and Northern Lincolnshire have been complaining about the use of Humberside on postal addresses, despite the fact that the much disliked county was abolished over a decade ago. East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are proud counties with great histories and that is why Humberside was so disliked. Frankly, it’s a shame it has taken this long to get this far.
"I recently received a new database which contained the Humberside name on every address in the Brigg and Goole constituency. I simply refused to use the database until the county name was removed.”
Graham Stuart MP, who has been leading the campaign, added: “I have met with Royal Mail directors, senior members of the Postal Services Commission Postcomm, I have written numerous letters to both and I have co-ordinated joint submissions and pleas from other MPs and councillors across the area for Humberside to be dropped.”
A letter from Philip Groves, Senior Associate, Strategy and Market Development, at Postcomm, said: “Royal Mail has proposed to handle this question outside the immediate review of the Code of Practice and to consult the Postcode Address File (PAF) Advisory Board before deciding on the best approach to adopt..
“Our Commissioners will consider the proposed changes to the Code of Practice including Royal Mail's approach on the issue of county information in November and we hope to publish a decision this year which will include the issue you and your colleagues raised.”
Graham added: “I am delighted the commissioners are taking this seriously. 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 OBE, Leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council 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. Hopefully commonsense will prevail.”