Road mix-up blunder leaves resident stuck with scaffolding on house
09:23 23 March 2012
RESIDENTS in a village street are having televisions, bailiff notices and even scaffolding delivered to their houses by mistake, following the creation of another road eight miles away of the same name.
And one man has now said it is the “final straw” after returning home to scaffolding erected all around his house without his knowledge.
Residents living in Windmill Close in Barkway have been receiving unwanted post and parcels, after another Windmill Close was built in Bassingbourn a few years ago.
Both have an SG8 postcode, but when searching for the Windmill Close in Bassingbourn, many maps including Google, show the one in Barkway instead.
Bob Sadler, whose house still remains covered in scaffolding following a mix-up this week, has also had a cooker delivered to his house in the past.
“It’s more than ridiculous,” he told the Crow. “I was out this week, but my mother-in-law lives a few doors away, and she saw people putting scaffolding up around our house.
“She went out and told them it was the wrong house, but they told her to go away. They rang their boss, and he just said to go ahead with it.
“This was the final straw. It has been ridiculous for a while, we’ve been getting things for a while now which aren’t for us.”
Mr Sadler has rung up the people who the scaffolding is intended for, and asked them to sort out the problem. He does not know who put the scaffolding up, as they did not leave any note or acknowledgement.
Another resident on the Barkway street, who asked not to be named, claimed that she had been threatened with action from bailiffs mistakenly.
She said that herself and neighbours had had beds, mattresses and various electricals delivered to their houses mistakenly.
“I’ve had more than enough now, it’s just got to the point where we don’t know what to do,” she said.
“I just want this to be sorted out, but the problem is that a lot of people are using sat navs, and as they are not programmed to accept that new address, everything comes here.”
Royal Mail claims that the problem is not an issue with themselves, but with individual companies and sat nav providers. It said that all the details, including postcodes and road names, were correct on its database, which was also accessible by visiting its website.
“Unfortunately, not everybody updates their own records,” said a spokesman. “It would be their responsibility to do so. We have the correct records available.”