People of Whitton launch postcode campaign to get them out of Hounslow

Where is Whitton? Campaigners say Richmond

Where is Whitton? Campaigners say Richmond

First published in News Richmond and Twickenham Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A campaign has been launched to reallocate the postcode of 34 Whitton streets from Hounslow to Twickenham.

The We Want to be Whitton petition has been set up by Lyn Adams-New and Michelle Phelan to end what has been described as “decades of postcode error”, despite Whitton being part of Richmond borough.

Ms Adams-New, who lives in Conway Road, said: “We live in Whitton but because of the Royal Mail we are labelled with a Hounslow post town.

“This can impact in a number of ways, including house prices and insurance.

“Most companies or individuals use the postcode to determine values or costs and we are adversely affected by a decision taken by the Royal Mail decades ago.”

Campaigners took the petition to Twickenham MP Vince Cable on Friday, January 17, seeking his support in asking for a meeting with Royal Mail over their concerns.

Campaigner Michael Wilson said: “Although Vince Cable has previously raised this issue in Parliament, he agreed to write to the Royal Mail and ask for them to meet with a group of residents to see if we can find a resolution.

“Lots of people have raised this issue with me while I have been out and about speaking to local residents in the past few months.”

The group said the issue affected people across the borough, including in Twickenham where some households have a Feltham address, and in Hampton Wick where homes have a Kingston postcode.

Fellow campaigner Ms Phelan added: “Councillor John Coombs is presenting the signatures we have collected so far to Richmond Council on Tuesday night [tonight].

“We want as many people to sign so that we can show to the Royal Mail just how many residents in Hounslow are entitled to a Whitton postcode.”

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11:16pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Concerned_Resident says...

What snobbery and greed. You buy a home in an area and benefit from it being cheaper, then you suddenly don't like it being in the postcode you chose to move to in the first place. The postcodes were no doubt set before the borough boundary was, so count yourself lucky that you aren't served by the neighbouring council too and live with it.

It's utterly pathetic if all you have to worry about is your house being in the 'wrong' postcode when others have to worry about when they are going eat next, whether they can heat their homes, or whether they're going to have any work this week. All those supporting this should be ashamed of themselves.
What snobbery and greed. You buy a home in an area and benefit from it being cheaper, then you suddenly don't like it being in the postcode you chose to move to in the first place. The postcodes were no doubt set before the borough boundary was, so count yourself lucky that you aren't served by the neighbouring council too and live with it. It's utterly pathetic if all you have to worry about is your house being in the 'wrong' postcode when others have to worry about when they are going eat next, whether they can heat their homes, or whether they're going to have any work this week. All those supporting this should be ashamed of themselves. Concerned_Resident
  • Score: 18

7:39pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Twickenham Bob says...

Hyacinth Bucket would approve
Hyacinth Bucket would approve Twickenham Bob
  • Score: 0

9:02am Thu 23 Jan 14

jeremyhm says...

There is something deeply ironic and totally hypocritical about a LibDem MP campaigning for boundary changes, when his party voted against changes to constituency boundaries recently. His appearance here is totally for electoral purposes.
There is something deeply ironic and totally hypocritical about a LibDem MP campaigning for boundary changes, when his party voted against changes to constituency boundaries recently. His appearance here is totally for electoral purposes. jeremyhm
  • Score: 10

9:36am Thu 23 Jan 14

aspicer says...

Worse than the Queen, who I hear is permanently moaning about her SLough postcode in Windosr.
She believes it is holding back castle prices, and is unlikely to sell in the current market.
Worse than the Queen, who I hear is permanently moaning about her SLough postcode in Windosr. She believes it is holding back castle prices, and is unlikely to sell in the current market. aspicer
  • Score: 1

2:44pm Thu 23 Jan 14

AndrewJFulker says...

It is less to do with snobbery and more to do with diversity. Towns like Hounslow are 'swallowing up' all the old villages and turning them into the large, bland conurbation that is Greater London. People value places like Whitton, Hanworth and Isleworth for the community that they provide. Calling them all ‘Hounlsow’ denies their historical value and takes away from the local feel. Restoring small communities’ self-respect by recognising them as individual areas will build local, social relationships between the people who share a neighbourhood. Denying areas their right to individuality breeds an anonymity that encourages antisocial behaviour.
And it is not ‘changing the name of the place you’ve moved to’. Whitton has been a distinct, individual place since about 1200. Our road signs still say Whitton on them. We have chosen to live in Whitton. It is Royal Mail that has decided to try and change 800 years of history because it makes it easier for them to sort to our mail.
It is less to do with snobbery and more to do with diversity. Towns like Hounslow are 'swallowing up' all the old villages and turning them into the large, bland conurbation that is Greater London. People value places like Whitton, Hanworth and Isleworth for the community that they provide. Calling them all ‘Hounlsow’ denies their historical value and takes away from the local feel. Restoring small communities’ self-respect by recognising them as individual areas will build local, social relationships between the people who share a neighbourhood. Denying areas their right to individuality breeds an anonymity that encourages antisocial behaviour. And it is not ‘changing the name of the place you’ve moved to’. Whitton has been a distinct, individual place since about 1200. Our road signs still say Whitton on them. We have chosen to live in Whitton. It is Royal Mail that has decided to try and change 800 years of history because it makes it easier for them to sort to our mail. AndrewJFulker
  • Score: 7

4:37pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Concerned_Resident says...

AndrewJFulker wrote:
It is less to do with snobbery and more to do with diversity. Towns like Hounslow are 'swallowing up' all the old villages and turning them into the large, bland conurbation that is Greater London. People value places like Whitton, Hanworth and Isleworth for the community that they provide. Calling them all ‘Hounlsow’ denies their historical value and takes away from the local feel. Restoring small communities’ self-respect by recognising them as individual areas will build local, social relationships between the people who share a neighbourhood. Denying areas their right to individuality breeds an anonymity that encourages antisocial behaviour.
And it is not ‘changing the name of the place you’ve moved to’. Whitton has been a distinct, individual place since about 1200. Our road signs still say Whitton on them. We have chosen to live in Whitton. It is Royal Mail that has decided to try and change 800 years of history because it makes it easier for them to sort to our mail.
And amazingly, making the streets come under a more attractive, expensive, 'prestige' Twickenham postcode solves all of this injustice?!

I'm smelling something that comes out the rear end of a male cow.

It's only about snobbery and wanting more money. At least be honest.
[quote][p][bold]AndrewJFulker[/bold] wrote: It is less to do with snobbery and more to do with diversity. Towns like Hounslow are 'swallowing up' all the old villages and turning them into the large, bland conurbation that is Greater London. People value places like Whitton, Hanworth and Isleworth for the community that they provide. Calling them all ‘Hounlsow’ denies their historical value and takes away from the local feel. Restoring small communities’ self-respect by recognising them as individual areas will build local, social relationships between the people who share a neighbourhood. Denying areas their right to individuality breeds an anonymity that encourages antisocial behaviour. And it is not ‘changing the name of the place you’ve moved to’. Whitton has been a distinct, individual place since about 1200. Our road signs still say Whitton on them. We have chosen to live in Whitton. It is Royal Mail that has decided to try and change 800 years of history because it makes it easier for them to sort to our mail.[/p][/quote]And amazingly, making the streets come under a more attractive, expensive, 'prestige' Twickenham postcode solves all of this injustice?! I'm smelling something that comes out the rear end of a male cow. It's only about snobbery and wanting more money. At least be honest. Concerned_Resident
  • Score: 0

8:15am Fri 24 Jan 14

AndrewJFulker says...

Concerned_Resident wrote:
AndrewJFulker wrote:
It is less to do with snobbery and more to do with diversity. Towns like Hounslow are 'swallowing up' all the old villages and turning them into the large, bland conurbation that is Greater London. People value places like Whitton, Hanworth and Isleworth for the community that they provide. Calling them all ‘Hounlsow’ denies their historical value and takes away from the local feel. Restoring small communities’ self-respect by recognising them as individual areas will build local, social relationships between the people who share a neighbourhood. Denying areas their right to individuality breeds an anonymity that encourages antisocial behaviour.
And it is not ‘changing the name of the place you’ve moved to’. Whitton has been a distinct, individual place since about 1200. Our road signs still say Whitton on them. We have chosen to live in Whitton. It is Royal Mail that has decided to try and change 800 years of history because it makes it easier for them to sort to our mail.
And amazingly, making the streets come under a more attractive, expensive, 'prestige' Twickenham postcode solves all of this injustice?!

I'm smelling something that comes out the rear end of a male cow.

It's only about snobbery and wanting more money. At least be honest.
These areas already have a Twickenham postcode. They always have done, and they've always been a part Twickenham and Richmond, not Hounslow. The manhole covers say Twickenham. The road signs say Whitton. Our council tax is paid to Richmond. I am not a homeowner so property prices mean nothing to me, however I am paying Richmond rate council tax and rent because I live in the town of Whitton in London Borough or Richmond, but then get called a snob when I point out that I like where I live and prefer not to be told that I live in the town next door.
Why do you view Whitton as "prestigious"? Because it still has the village feel to it associated with a small community rather than the anonymous feel of the big town next door. Please do not take this away from us.
[quote][p][bold]Concerned_Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AndrewJFulker[/bold] wrote: It is less to do with snobbery and more to do with diversity. Towns like Hounslow are 'swallowing up' all the old villages and turning them into the large, bland conurbation that is Greater London. People value places like Whitton, Hanworth and Isleworth for the community that they provide. Calling them all ‘Hounlsow’ denies their historical value and takes away from the local feel. Restoring small communities’ self-respect by recognising them as individual areas will build local, social relationships between the people who share a neighbourhood. Denying areas their right to individuality breeds an anonymity that encourages antisocial behaviour. And it is not ‘changing the name of the place you’ve moved to’. Whitton has been a distinct, individual place since about 1200. Our road signs still say Whitton on them. We have chosen to live in Whitton. It is Royal Mail that has decided to try and change 800 years of history because it makes it easier for them to sort to our mail.[/p][/quote]And amazingly, making the streets come under a more attractive, expensive, 'prestige' Twickenham postcode solves all of this injustice?! I'm smelling something that comes out the rear end of a male cow. It's only about snobbery and wanting more money. At least be honest.[/p][/quote]These areas already have a Twickenham postcode. They always have done, and they've always been a part Twickenham and Richmond, not Hounslow. The manhole covers say Twickenham. The road signs say Whitton. Our council tax is paid to Richmond. I am not a homeowner so property prices mean nothing to me, however I am paying Richmond rate council tax and rent because I live in the town of Whitton in London Borough or Richmond, but then get called a snob when I point out that I like where I live and prefer not to be told that I live in the town next door. Why do you view Whitton as "prestigious"? Because it still has the village feel to it associated with a small community rather than the anonymous feel of the big town next door. Please do not take this away from us. AndrewJFulker
  • Score: 4

3:43am Mon 27 Jan 14

Sparkythecat says...

I lived in Whitton before postcodes had been dreamt up by Royal Mail. In fact I have lived in the Borough of Richmond all my life so I have absolutely no affinity to Hounslow whatsoever. Does that make me a snob?

I certainly resent Concerned Residents extremely juvenile remarks and I would be interested to know what he/she is so concerned about.

I also find it extremely interesting that the only snobs in our Borough would appear to reside in Whitton. What poppycock.
I lived in Whitton before postcodes had been dreamt up by Royal Mail. In fact I have lived in the Borough of Richmond all my life so I have absolutely no affinity to Hounslow whatsoever. Does that make me a snob? I certainly resent Concerned Residents extremely juvenile remarks and I would be interested to know what he/she is so concerned about. I also find it extremely interesting that the only snobs in our Borough would appear to reside in Whitton. What poppycock. Sparkythecat
  • Score: 1

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