The term Humberside could be dropped forever from postal addresses thanks to a long-running campaign by Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart.
After more than four 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, progress is being made.
Graham 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.”
He 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 the term “Humberside” to be dropped. But we are still plagued with post arriving with the wrong county information on it: we are proud to live in the East Riding of Yorkshire, not Humberside.”
Graham continued: “I am delighted that Royal Mail has caved in to the pressure and are now advising their commercial database customers that they do not need to use the old county names. But we need more: Royal Mail must stop providing its customers with the file with these old county names in it, and then we will be rid of Humberside on our envelopes for good. I have written to tell them this and am hopeful it can be achieved. I know many of my constituents will be delighted if it is finally decided to rectify this error.”
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.”