Village is back on postal map

NRHNLC100927C1 - Ripley. Cllr Lyndsay Cox is fighting to get Marehay reinstated as a postal address
NRHNLC100927C1 - Ripley. Cllr Lyndsay Cox is fighting to get Marehay reinstated as a postal address

MAREHAY is officially back on the postal map after a year long campaign to have the village reinstated as a postal address.

In March last year the Royal Mail contacted residents in Upper Marehay to tell them that the village was to be removed as a locality from the post they received.

The national delivery service said that postmen would easily locate Marehay street names, even if they were just marked as a ‘Ripley’ address.

But in September, Amber Valley borough councillor for the Ripley and Marehay ward, Cllr Lyndsay Cox launched a campaign to get Marehay reinstated to restore a sense of locality.

This week it was revealed it is back on the postal map after the Royal Mail agreed to reinstate the village as an address.

Cllr Cox said: “I’m really pleased, unfortunately it took longer than we would have liked to get to this point, but it is good we are at the position we are now. Obviously people were upset that we were dropped from the locality - Marehay is a distinct community and this is a part of being proud of that community.”

In September Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills, Ripley Town Council and the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce joined the campaign. Further pressure was applied to the delivery service by Amber Valley Borough Council at the end of 2010 – but Royal Mail said it would only conduct a survey of the village when staff became available. In June it began the survey, which involved asking residents of 600 addresses in the village, whether to reinstate the village as an address.

Only six homes objected and on July 14, Royal Mail reinstated Marehay as a locality.