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Ewloe pensioner launches internet campaign to save Flintshire county name on postal addresses

A PENSIONER has launched an internet campaign to save the Flintshire county name in addresses.

Max Cooksey, 72, who has previously ended up in court because he refused to pay his television licence as the company responsible could not get his address right, is furious plans are being drawn up to remove the county name from Royal Mail’s database.

He has set up www.saveflintshire.co.uk, where he suggests people should stop using the postcode and replace it with the village and county name.

“This should make Royal Mail sit up and take notice,” he said.

Mr Cooksey, of Ewloe, said Ian Beesley, the chairman of the committee that advised Royal Mail on its database, had announced Royal Mail was looking into a plan to stop using counties on its database.

“Fifteen years ago the county I live in was changed from Clwyd to Flintshire,” he said. “Almost every company that I deal with, when told, corrected their database, except for TV Licensing (aka Capita) and Royal Mail.

“Both these firms refused point-blank to correct their databases.”

The two firms say all is needed is the house number, street name and postcode and the county name is not required.

“But what happens when a single letter in the postcode is wrong?” said Mr Cooksey. “Obviously you don’t get your mail.”

A spokesman for Royal Mail said: “Royal Mail is certainly not suggesting people should stop being proud of and using the county names in their personal dealings.

“We recognise historic and administrative county names are very important to individuals with a sense of history and location.

“Equally, however, there are many who feel that the use of some former county names do not reflect the actual place where they reside and we should remove them.

“From a commercial perspective, many business organisations have requested we provide county names in our databases to enable them to target their mailshots and for advertising purposes. It is for this reason Royal Mail has in the past provided this information.

“Royal Mail, therefore, has now consulted with users of our commercial databases after they raised concerns about the disruption to their services the immediate deletion of county data would bring.

“They have requested Royal Mail continue to provide this information as a separate file until the review of the licence in 2013, and after this point there should be a transitional period if this data is to be removed.”

The spokesman added: “Should our customers wish to add a county name to their mail it would not match our preferred requirements but it would be perfectly acceptable.”