Sunday 7 November 2021
Postmen can’t find the address
Villagers protest over street names
In a small French town, delivery drivers have problems finding the right address. However, many residents remain firmly against the introduction of street names. An anonymous protest letter reveals the reason.
After hundreds of years without street names, the planned introduction of street names in the small town of Vaux-la-Montagne in central France has led to an outcry. This was reported by France Bleu station. Mayor Catherine Mullen invited residents to think of street names together. She says delivery services don’t always find their way, and so do special care services.
But the authors of an anonymous letter of protest found by residents in their mailboxes argue that street names make it easier for companies like Amazon to conquer the town of Vaux-la-Montagne with their range of merchandise. This is not good.
Another resident fears that the introduction of names will lead to unnecessary urbanization. You definitely have street names, but not on signs, just in your head. “There’s the back street, and there I call the Old Ladies’ Street because there are a lot of old women out there.” Plus, she always shows the postman the way if there’s a problem.
BFMTV has learned that postman problems have been building for some time, as the publication increasingly relies on temporary workers rather than using a messenger in the village for its entire career as it once did. According to the 1994 decree, street names and house numbers are mandatory in France only in places with a population of more than 2,000. However, the local council now wants to find a solution by the end of the year.