Mark Whitehead 14 August 2018

One man lodges 673 complaints about local council

One man lodges 673 complaints about local council image

A Hull man may hold the record for complaining about his local council.

Kyle Harrison registered 673 complaints to the independent FixMyStreet website over street lighting, potholes, flyposting and fly-tipping.

The grievances over Hull City Council services represented 67% of the latest 1,000 made to the website.

The site claims to have had over 1.3 million complaints from users since its launch in 2007.

They are sent to councils who can pay for an upgraded system to provide more detailed information.

A spokesperson for mySociety, which owns FixMyStreet, said: ‘We think that publishing reports in this way helps to hold local authorities to account, as it is clear what they have or haven’t been able to deal with.

‘It’s also a great way for councils to show the normally hidden work they do in keeping areas clean, functional and safe.’

However, Hull City Council has urged residents to continue raising their concerns directly with them.

A spokesperson said: 'We encourage members of the public to get in touch with Hull City Council directly to report any broken lights, potholes or fly-tipping they become aware of.’

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