Google Maps renames Basingstoke 'Town Centre'

Basingstoke Gazette: Screen shot of Basingstoke's new name on Google Maps Screen shot of Basingstoke's new name on Google Maps

BASINGSTOKE has been wiped off the map.

That’s according to Google Maps, who appear to have replaced Basingstoke with the words “Town Centre”.

Areas in Basingstoke such as Beggarwood and Lychpit are still named, as are neighbouring towns, such as Aldershot and Fleet.

But when The Gazette used the website this afternoon, the word Basingstoke does not appear at all, at any level of zoom.

Google has apologised for the mix-up.

An spokesman said: "An engineer is quite literally putting Basingstoke on the map."

But on some internet browsers, the word Basingstoke does not appear until users zoom right into the town.

Councillor Clive Sanders, leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, told The Gazette: “Everybody can make mistakes, they just better put it right.

“Of course we want to have Basingstoke on the map. It is one of the jewels in the crown in the South of England. We certainly do not want to be hiding Basingstoke.”

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4:27pm Fri 2 May 14

Peter_E says...

Put simply, Google Maps fails frequently; firms and pubs, etc, can be shown on GM miles from their actual location.

Sometimes they respond to correction requests, sometimes they do not. Too big to care? Who knows?
Put simply, Google Maps fails frequently; firms and pubs, etc, can be shown on GM miles from their actual location. Sometimes they respond to correction requests, sometimes they do not. Too big to care? Who knows? Peter_E
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1:09pm Sun 4 May 14

deepinsight says...

Seems fine to me...
Seems fine to me... deepinsight
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10:45am Wed 7 May 14

JJ38JJ says...

"It is one of the jewels in the crown in the South of England." I'm all for having a bit of pride in where one lives but I think Councillor Sanders needs a dose of realism.
"It is one of the jewels in the crown in the South of England." I'm all for having a bit of pride in where one lives but I think Councillor Sanders needs a dose of realism. JJ38JJ
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3:23pm Wed 7 May 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

JJ38JJ wrote:
"It is one of the jewels in the crown in the South of England." I'm all for having a bit of pride in where one lives but I think Councillor Sanders needs a dose of realism.
Perhaps Clive was being sarcastic.
[quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: "It is one of the jewels in the crown in the South of England." I'm all for having a bit of pride in where one lives but I think Councillor Sanders needs a dose of realism.[/p][/quote]Perhaps Clive was being sarcastic. Sam_Walker123456
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4:10pm Thu 8 May 14

robertspet8 says...

Perhaps this could be an opportunity for us to choose a new name for Basingstoke and rebrand the town as the 'the jewel in the crown' of the UK, not just the South of England. Do you think we could get away with informing Google Map and the satnav programmers that our town is now called London and wait for the flood of visitors?
Perhaps this could be an opportunity for us to choose a new name for Basingstoke and rebrand the town as the 'the jewel in the crown' of the UK, not just the South of England. Do you think we could get away with informing Google Map and the satnav programmers that our town is now called London and wait for the flood of visitors? robertspet8
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