[Talk-GB] UK street addressing

Dave F davefoxfac63 at btinternet.com
Sun Dec 27 22:12:12 UTC 2020

> Do you think we could get away from talking about Royal Mail please as 
> though they are the only way to create addresses.
> The original question was about how to represent an address *in OSM*.
> I have seen a number of replies that seem to say that Royal Mail is 
> the authority on addressing, they are not!
> Addresses are created by Local Authorities, not Royal Mail, RM only 
> supply the postcode.
> No one can claim that Royal Mail's handling of addresses is great, we 
> have an opportunity to create useful, meaningful addresses in an Open 
> database that could become the go-to place for addressing in the same 
> way that OSM is steadily becoming the map of choice.
> Let's start by dropping any address component that is only useful to a 
> single company and that doesn't benefit anyone else, namely the postal 
> town. It is not needed and it is confusing. Let's not compound the 
> mess that RM has made of addresses in the UK by repeating their mistakes.
> No postal town in OSM addresses please.

I concur with all the above.

Some within OSM appear to have lost sight of the purpose of OSM


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