Lib Dem launch new app to tackle Basingstoke's 'pothole plague'

April 13, 2018 6:00 AM
Pothole app launchThe Basingstoke and Deane Liberal Democrats have launched an app to help address the town's pothole problem.
The pothole app was unveiled by Andy Konieczko - Liberal Democrat councillor candidate for Brighton Hill North in next month's Borough Council election - and Cllr Gavin James - Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.
Residents are encouraged to report details of any potholes that they spot using the app, which can be found on potholes.basingstokelibdems.org.uk or via the Basingstoke Liberal Democrat website (www.basingstokelibdems.org.uk). The findings will then be compiled into a report that will be presented to Hampshire County Council.
Andy Konieczko said: "Residents keep telling us that they're fed up with the appalling condition of Basingstoke's roads. If you drive or cycle along any stretch of road in Brighton Hill, you'll see why: our roads are falling apart.
"The problem is made worse by the fact that the Hampshire County Council is unwilling to do anything about our pothole plague. Residents keep reporting the potholes to the Council but then nothing happens - they feel that their complaints are being ignored by the Conservative-led administration. We've launched this app to help put that right.
"The next time that you see a pothole, please let us know where it is. With your help, we can build a detailed picture of all of the potholes in our Borough and push Hampshire County Council to do something about them.
Cllr Gavin James added: "Hampshire County Council asked the Government for more money so that it can address our area's pothole problem. It has now been given £3 million extra for exactly this purpose, so there's no longer any excuse for leaving our roads in such a terrible state. It's time to fix Basingstoke's pothole plague."