There are renewed calls for action to resolve a potentially lethal problem which is said to be misdirecting the emergency services in Cowal.
The recent case of an elderly motorist who was trapped in his vehicle has again brought the issue into the spotlight.
The accident happened just south of Glenbranter, yet neither Strachur firefighters nor a crew from Dunoon were called out.
Strachur fire station is just three miles from the scene, while Dunoon is around 16 miles away. Fire and rescue crews were instead called out from Inveraray and Arrochar – 24 and 25 miles away respectively.
Local people believe the root cause for this apparent confusion lies in the outdated use of Cairndow as the district's postal town - which appears in the second line of addresses in Lochgoilhed and Strachur.
Exactly one year ago, Strachur Community Council contacted Councillor Alex McNaughton in a bid to apply pressure to Royal Mail via Argyll and Bute Council - in the hope of changing an outdated postal town system.
We contacted Argyll and Bute Council earlier this week to find out what progress has been made in the interim.
A spokeswoman said: "The Cairndow post town is unique in Argyll and Bute as it is the only post town which is not the biggest town in the area it covers.
"On December 20, 2012, the council contacted the 'Major Address Change' section at Royal Mail recommending that the Cairndow postcode be changed for PA24, PA25 and PA27, on the grounds that the emergency services' problems were being caused by the post-town/postcode allocation.
"Having consulted widely with the emergency services and other agencies the council has concluded that the Cairndow post town status is the reason for most of the addressing problems in the Strachur area."
A Royal Mail spokesperson said: "Postcodes were created for the routing of mail and as such may not reflect the exact geography of an area.
"Other organisations which use our data should not solely rely on the post town and should make sure they are using the most updated postcode address file."
A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "We use a state-of-the-art global positioning system to pinpoint exactly where every resource is at any given moment and Ordnance Survey grid references – the most up-to-date and accurate mapping information available – to instantly see how quickly they can reach an incident."
He added: "Volunteer units are a great asset to communities and provide vital protection but in some cases it will be appropriate to send whole-time or retained crews with specialist attributes and equipment needed in a specific incident."
The Scottish Ambulance Service is equally adamant that its systems should not rely on postal town information.
"When a call is received, the BT system provides the call taker with an address prompt," explained a spokesman.
"Mobile calls prompt an area grid reference."
"The address is cross-referenced to identify which resource is closest to the incident and the address and location are then flagged to the responding ambulance crew(s) on a display screen using in-cab technology."
From this initial data, a plot of the address is brought up on the in-cab screen using Ordnance Survey and satellite navigation technology.
The ambulance service spokesman added: "Training is designed to ensure that ambulance control centre staff are able to locate the caller in any location in Scotland, including remote and rural areas such as Argyll and Bute."
Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell is sufficiently concerned to raise the issue with fellow government ministers.
He said: "Anything that causes confusion needs to be sorted out and eliminated and I am raising the issue with Roseanna Cunningham who has responsibility for Fire and Rescue to seek assurances that actions to that end are being taken with urgency."
Councillor Alex McNaughton told the Standard: "The situation is ridiculous.
"The matter will now go to the October meeting of the Community Planning Partnership, and all the emergency services will be invited.
"The hope is that we can lobby Royal Mail as a single voice to force them to change this farcical system."
The mileages noted in the opening paragraphs were checked using AA route planner. The addresses in question came up as 'Glenbranter, Cairndow' and 'Strachur, Cairndow'.
Interestingly, both Inveraray and Arrochar were listed as 'Argyll and Bute' rather than under any postal town.
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