Leeds & West Yorkshire

Bradford postcode 'causes problems' for Leeds residents

Residents in part of Leeds say they are being denied services and have to pay higher insurance premiums because they have a Bradford postcode.

About 2,500 people on the Pudsey Tyersal estate pay council tax to Leeds City Council but have a Bradford code.

Estate resident Mark Romans said the anomaly was an "increasing problem" as postcodes were often used for setting insurance premiums of all sorts.

Much of Pudsey has an LS28 postcode, but the estate is designated BD4.

Mr Romans said that insuring a car could cost twice as much using an address in BD4 rather than LS28.

Royal Mail spokeswoman Marie Gray said: "Postcodes are first and foremost a routing instruction."

She added postcodes were not designed to be used to determine insurance premiums.

Change the postcode

Mr Romans said that the problems were not just financial - he was unable to register with a local GP because the doctors' postcode was LS28 and he was in BD4.

Yet estate residents said they could not use the Bradford council tip in BD4 because they actually live in Leeds.

Mr Romans is a member of the estate's residents' forum hoping to get the Royal Mail to change the postcode.

Residents are planning an online petition to highlight the problem.

Mr Romans said despite the postcode the estate was a "fantastic place to be".

Ms Gray said the Royal Mail was unable to change postcodes "with the sole purpose" of reducing insurance premiums or changing house valuations.

Stuart Andrew, Conservative MP for Pudsey, said that people on the estate were "very specifically" part of Leeds but "much of life is run in parallel with your postcode".

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