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Postcode Snobbery Residents' Joy At Winning 40-Year Battle For Their Own Postcode Which Could See House Prices Soar

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http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/residents-joy-at-winning-40year-battle-for-their-own-postcode-which-could-see-house-prices-soar-10097411.html

Residents of a London suburb are celebrating after their neighbourhood finally won official recognition from the Royal Mail after a 40-year campaign.

The decision will mean Whitton can be used as part of a correct postal address, in a move that locals hope will lead to a surge in house prices.

They are set to receive letters within days giving them the chance to approve Royal Mail’s decision. They believe it will lead to the area becoming more associated with affluent Richmond-upon-Thames than less wealthy Hounslow.

Whitton sits by the Thames in the south-west of the capital. A historical anomaly means it is in the borough of Richmond, whose residents have included Angelina Jolie, Mick Jagger and Sandra Bullock, but falls within the TW3 and TW4 postcodes of less affluent Hounslow.

Envelopes that had “Whitton” written on them often had the name scribbled out and replaced by “Hounslow” by Post Office sorting staff.

Business Secretary Vince Cable, whose Twickenham constituency includes Whitton, backed locals who claim their current situation affects everything from house prices to insurance premiums, and leads to confusion when applying for school places or using council services.

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While they were at it they should have gone the whole hog and opted for Mayfair.

If there are any disadvantages/costs associated with their new postal address likely they'll be arguing the toss over those for the next 40 years as well - and calling themselves productive at the same time.

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I remember when the council tax bands first came out.....people were protesting about being put in a lower band because it meant their house was worth less than they thought it should be, they were more than happy to pay the extra it cost in council tax just to be put in the higher band. :blink:

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What a load of crap this is in this rag.

Whitton has always been in Richmond borough, having a TW2 postcode. However there are a few roads that border hounslow that are in TW3, that now will change correctly to TW2 as they are Whitton/Twickenham roads. These people have been annoyed quite correctly as they have been paying Richmond council tax and yet stuck with having to write hounslow on their address.

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What a load of crap this is in this rag.

Whitton has always been in Richmond borough, having a TW2 postcode. However there are a few roads that border hounslow that are in TW3, that now will change correctly to TW2 as they are Whitton/Twickenham roads. These people have been annoyed quite correctly as they have been paying Richmond council tax and yet stuck with having to write hounslow on their address.

Have they really got so little to worry about?

What next - are they going to launch a campaign to request being made exempt from paying their council tax for the Greater London Authority for police and fire services because their postal address is Richmond in Surrey not Richmond London?

Half of outer Londoners don't have a London address according to the Post Office - they live in Kent or Essex or Middlesex or Surrey. Yet they have been in London for administrative and local govenrment purposes since 1965. How on earth do they all manage to cope?

I think the term is get a life - I am sure there are lots of needy elderly people in the area who might need your help if you have so much spare time on your hands to campaign about such nonsense.

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I haven't been campaigning. Don't really care either way as it doesn't effect me.

My point was related to the news story making something out of nothing a non story and littered with misinformation.

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There seems to be a real opportunity for a general changing of unattractive names for various locations around the country. There are plenty of them with names associated with earlier times.

For instance places more associated with the past industrial era could be given a choice of names more associated with the countryside. Come on - it would create jobs, house prices would surge and it would boost the GDP.

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I wonder how long it will be before a privatised Post Office finds a way to make money by selling people the postcodes they want.

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I wonder how long it will be before a privatised Post Office finds a way to make money by selling people the postcodes they want.

The DVLA must have raked in a lot by generating and selling personalized number plates. They cost next to nothing to generate, but people have been buying them on the second hand market and put kite-flying prices on them. You want BA54 TAD - that'll be £100,000 starting bid.

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I was getting a parcel at the post office depot - they haven't commercialised that area yet - they could put food/drinks, other stuff for people to buy while they wait!

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Ah personalised post codes?!!!! That'll make billions!

Sir Joe Bloggs

Wisteria House

London

B1LL AIRS R0W

Price £500K

John Doe

Rose Cottage

London

FKN M1N TED

Price £250K

Fred Bloggs

Bright Heights

London

ROY A1T Y01

Price £1m

James Pond

Mi5 Building

London

MI5 007 AGN

Price £750K

Mr Gel

Slick Estate Agents

London

BTL S0L D01

Mr B Plumber

Trust Us Un Block

London

GR8 P1UM BER

The new postcode, is exclusive to the addressee. The computer at the post office knows this, and it will convert it back to the old post code, so no major overhaul of the logistics is required. It will need to be "sold" to the public like a new post code like, so the illusion isn't destroyed that it is still using the old post code. Maybe because of the growing population, they are running out of postcodes, something like that. Cha ching.

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Yeah but none of those look like real postcodes. You have to come up with amusing sequences in this format:

(1 or 2 letters)(1 or 2 digits) (digit)(2 letters)

Though there are London ones that break this rule? E.g. W4N 4ER

SO6 0MY

DO66 1NG

Not as easy as it looks.

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There's something in this. Why not extend the London W1 postcode all the way to Wales? There's posh!

I recall something similar when there was a campaign to rename Kilburn tube station as 'Mapesbury'. They didn't come out and say it but it was pretty obvious it was done in a bid to push up house prices in the area, by removing negative associations with the name Kilburn. (a semi-slum district).

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Yeah but none of thook like real postcodes. You have to come up with amusing sequences in this format:

(1 or 2 letters)(1 or 2 digits) (digit)(2 letters)

Though there are London ones that break this rule? E.g. W4N 4ER

SO6 0MY

DO66 1NG

Not as easy as it looks.

Nice idea that would also confuse the hell out of fixed database satnavs!

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