in which E20 is no longer Hertfordshire
Royal Mail’s proposals to delete counties from their database of 28 million postal addresses because the postcode and property number are all that is required to identify an address, has provoked public concern that it will lead to a loss of local heritage and identity.
The removal of the county from postal address will not take place until 2013 and is in part a response to the continued use of obsolete county names such as Sussex, Gwynned, Cleveland and Avon.
Ian Beesley, chairman of the board that advises the Royal mail on the running of their database of postcodes told the Daily Telegraph how county names had become ‘a kind of vanity attachment’, adding that ‘people do get very worked up about it and one has to recognise it. It is in our history and our heritage. I want to say I was born in Lancashire, not in ‘M20’’, however, they are ‘no longer necessary for business and administrative purposes.’
However, as one generation bemoans the status of being identified under a alpha-numerical geographical reference, Eastenders, the 25-year running British soap opera staged around a community in the fictional area of Walford in London’s east-end, has launched an internet based spin-off aimed at a younger audience… titled E20 after London’s real east-end postcode.
The real life Albert Square is a set in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.