Postcode lottery as mail going to 'same' address

June 05 2019
Postcode lottery as mail going to 'same' address

A Filton resident says he is fed up having to redeliver post that is intended for a block of flats on a neighbouring road.

A Filton resident says he is fed up having to redeliver post that is intended for a block of flats on a neighbouring road.
Ian Prowse lives on Braemar Crescent, which also shares a postcode with the nearby flats at Belmont Park. As a result, he regularly experiences post and deliveries being lost or delivered to the flat which shares the same number as his house. After having to solve the problem himself by visiting the flats and speaking to tenants on a regular basis, he has decided to find out whether other residents would support a petition to get one of the roads’ postcodes changed.
Speaking to FiltonVoice, he said: “In order to overcome the current issue, I’ve had to go and speak to the tenants of the flat with the corresponding number as my house, which has provided a solution until they move out and a new tenant moves in and we start the same issue all over again. The main inconvenience is having to regularly deliver post that has been incorrectly delivered by Royal Mail, and chase deliveries which have gone to the wrong address.
“Apart from the postal side of things, we also lost our phone number and broadband after the flat with the same number as our house decided to cancel their contract, and our line was incorrectly disconnected by Talk Talk, even though we are with Plusnet. This meant that we lost the same phone number that had been used for 20 years, and we found it really difficult to solve the issue because as we’re not their customers, Talk Talk wouldn’t talk to us. Not to mention the late night takeaway deliveries!
“I contacted Jack Lopresti to see if he could help, and he passed on the message to Royal Mail. They sent me a petition to get signatures from other residents as they say the only way to change the postcode is to get all the residents in one of the streets to agree to it, something which I think could be impossible.
“When I lived in Portishead over 30 years ago, my postcode changed without me knowing – if it could be done then, why not now? I know a few of our neighbours have experienced similar problems, and I would like to hear if others are having problems so that we can maybe get together to try and come up with a solution. In addition, if more people complained to Royal Mail all at once, then maybe they might take a bit more notice too?” 
If any residents of Braemar Crescent or Belmont Park would like to support Ian in finding a solution to the problem, please call: 07789203542 or email: prowse127@btinternet.com.