Campaign launched for postcode switch

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A COUPLE are spearheading a campaign to get their postcode changed from one city to another.

Tajinder and Sukhy Uppal live in Tyersal, which has a Bradford postcode.

But they and their neighbours pay their taxes to Leeds City Council and want to switch to a Leeds address.

As a new arrival in the area, Mrs Uppal wanted to register with a doctor in Pudsey but was told she could not because of her Bradford postcode of BD4.

Now the couple and their neighbours have been backed by Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew in their campaign and are lobbying Royal Mail on the issue.

The area has been the subject of historic boundary changes. It joined Bradford in 1882 but became part of the Leeds district in 1974.

Mrs Uppal said: “We pay our rates to Leeds but have a Bradford postcode. This causes us problems when we want to use Leeds services.

“By rights we should be LS27. Royal Mail has caused this issue but they won’t change it.”

Postcodes are set by Royal Mail and are used as an operational tool to help with deliveries. They have little to do with official council boundaries, but can often dictate house prices and car insurance premiums.

Tyersal is only a couple of miles from Bradford, but eight miles from the centre of Leeds.

Mr Andrew said he “absolutely” supports the bid, adding: “I know how frustrating it is.” He hopes to gather evidence from residents and will present a dossier to Royal Mail.