15 things people living in Basingstoke love to moan about

15 things people living in Basingstoke love to moan about

15 things people living in Basingstoke love to moan about

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WE all enjoy a good moan sometimes. The Gazette has put together a list of 15 things people who live in Basingstoke love to rant about. Let us know if there’s anything we’ve missed by using the comments facility below.

1. People going right on the Winchester Road roundabout when they are in the left hand lane, in order to cut the queue – you know who you are!

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2. Wind and solar farms – you either love them or hate them, but those who hate them certainly love to moan about them!

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3. The signs put up by anti-wind farm protesters – according to the wind farm supporters, these signs are blighting our landscapes more than the wind farms themselves.

Basingstoke Gazette: New bid for wind farm

4. Traffic – whether you’re stuck in a queue near the Black Dam roundabout or trying to merge on to the ring road by the Morrison’s roundabout at 5pm, wasting time stuck in a jam is top of our list of complaints.

Basingstoke Gazette: Traffic tails back on the M27 this morning.

5. Bad parking – from someone illegally using a disabled space to blocking a driveway, the list of complaints about other people’s parking habits is endless. 

The driver of the Mercedes pictured below hit national news for this unfortunate parking at Lidl, Basingstoke. 

Basingstoke Gazette: Learner driver crashes Mercedes in Lidl car park

6. Chuggers in Wote Street – the people who pay you a compliment in order to charm you into parting with your money for charity.

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7. Since losing Dulcies, Barratts and Faith, Basingstoke people love to rant about there being too few shoe shops. That is, until someone points out we have a Clarks, Schuh, Shoe Zone, Deichmann and Jones, plus various department stores selling shoes.

8. Travellers – their arrival in the summer months causes no end of complaints from those living near an unauthorised encampment.

Basingstoke Gazette: Travellers set up camp near Everest Community College

9. Potholes – particularly the ones near Rooksdown and in the Oakley area of Basingstoke. The unlucky man pictured below fell down one near Basingstoke hospital.

Basingstoke Gazette: Michael Hart next to the pothole

10. Maria Miller – Basingstoke’s MP might have apologised for her expenses, but she hasn’t escaped the wrath of some of her constituents.

Basingstoke Gazette: Maria Miller

11. The nightlife – we might have numerous bars and pubs, but according to the people of Basingstoke, there’s nowhere to go out in the evenings.

12. Too many coffee shops – seven Costa Coffee outlets is a bit extreme for one town, but can you locate where they all are? The picture below shows the Leisure Park Costa being built. 

Basingstoke Gazette: Last-ditch attempt to block council Costa Coffee deal blocked

13. The speed humps in Pack Lane – they’ve been there for years, but we still can’t let it go.

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14. Buses - their frequency, lateness and bus drivers not accepting notes are all included in general bus complaints.

15. A lack of things to do for young people. We have two cinemas, a bowling facility, shops, ice rink, indoor skydiving centre (pictured below) and go karting, but for the young people of the town, it’s just not enough.

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2:23pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Peter_E says...

As for me, I don't like articles called "15 things people living in Basingstoke love to moan about" that has a photo with the caption "16 things people living in Basingstoke love to moan about".

Are 15 and 16 the same in B'stoke?

Or is there a missing moan? We need to be told.
As for me, I don't like articles called "15 things people living in Basingstoke love to moan about" that has a photo with the caption "16 things people living in Basingstoke love to moan about". Are 15 and 16 the same in B'stoke? Or is there a missing moan? We need to be told. Peter_E
  • Score: -26

2:27pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Peter_E says...

I now have a screen-shot if anyone doubts me ...
I now have a screen-shot if anyone doubts me ... Peter_E
  • Score: -27

2:27pm Thu 12 Jun 14

laurence86 says...

You missed out poor reporting standards in our local Gazzette.
You missed out poor reporting standards in our local Gazzette. laurence86
  • Score: -19

2:34pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Peter_E says...

The number has been corrected. Good show Gazette!
The number has been corrected. Good show Gazette! Peter_E
  • Score: -10

10:11pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Max Headroom says...

1. Fair enough. Once had to go from Ring Road West to Lister Road, had to come to a complete stop on the inside lane on Winchester Road as a couple of inconsiderate a***s queue-jumped on the left, preventing me from exiting in the left lane.

10. 328 days until the people of Basingstoke vote you out, Mrs Miller. Make the most of it while you can.

11. Apart from a couple of bars at the top of town that are posher than they actually are, are there any proper nightclubs left in Basingstoke now Wonderland is gone?

12. At least Costa pay their taxes, would you prefer seven Starbucks outlets instead?

15. "We have two cinemas, a bowling facility, shops, ice rink, indoor skydiving centre (pictured below) and go karting"

Not sure if anyone at the Gazette has checked recently, but all of those things cost an absolute bomb nowadays, the cinemas especially. Teenagers aren't generally regarded for having a lot of (their own) money to spend. Perhaps the Gazette should be highlighting less expensive outdoor activities, like the Chineham skate park?
1. Fair enough. Once had to go from Ring Road West to Lister Road, had to come to a complete stop on the inside lane on Winchester Road as a couple of inconsiderate a***s queue-jumped on the left, preventing me from exiting in the left lane. 10. 328 days until the people of Basingstoke vote you out, Mrs Miller. Make the most of it while you can. 11. Apart from a couple of bars at the top of town that are posher than they actually are, are there any proper nightclubs left in Basingstoke now Wonderland is gone? 12. At least Costa pay their taxes, would you prefer seven Starbucks outlets instead? 15. "We have two cinemas, a bowling facility, shops, ice rink, indoor skydiving centre (pictured below) and go karting" Not sure if anyone at the Gazette has checked recently, but all of those things cost an absolute bomb nowadays, the cinemas especially. Teenagers aren't generally regarded for having a lot of (their own) money to spend. Perhaps the Gazette should be highlighting less expensive outdoor activities, like the Chineham skate park? Max Headroom
  • Score: 21

8:31am Fri 13 Jun 14

JJ38JJ says...

Too many coffee shops? Can't recall many (if any) people complaining about that. One specific one maybe. Just don't use them. Supply and demand and all that.
I agree with Max Headroom. The problem is that kids are overstimulated and no longer resourceful enough to find something to do. And parents are only too prepared to throw money at the perceived problem. To those that complain that there is nothing for kids to do "nowadays", what did there used to be that is no longer there?
Too many coffee shops? Can't recall many (if any) people complaining about that. One specific one maybe. Just don't use them. Supply and demand and all that. I agree with Max Headroom. The problem is that kids are overstimulated and no longer resourceful enough to find something to do. And parents are only too prepared to throw money at the perceived problem. To those that complain that there is nothing for kids to do "nowadays", what did there used to be that is no longer there? JJ38JJ
  • Score: 5

2:30pm Fri 13 Jun 14

CrossofLorraine says...

Could have added 16th item with the heading ‘Nothing much changes’, as most of these items have been complained about for the last 30+ years - except for the more recent items 6, 9, 10 &12!
These are all true thou, and they all help with ‘Basingstoke Bonding’ or ‘moaning’ to those outside the boro’.
Could have added 16th item with the heading ‘Nothing much changes’, as most of these items have been complained about for the last 30+ years - except for the more recent items 6, 9, 10 &12! These are all true thou, and they all help with ‘Basingstoke Bonding’ or ‘moaning’ to those outside the boro’. CrossofLorraine
  • Score: 4

5:01pm Fri 13 Jun 14

lovemychildren says...

Not sure I agree that these would be top 15 complaints :/

Number 1 is a big moan of mine! Drivers that think they're more important than others, have places to be where arriving 2 minutes later is unthinkable and have the right to not abide by the road.
Having said that, given the inconsistency on Basingstoke's roundabouts, why was it not just changed to both lanes going right? That is where the majority of traffic goes.

As for all the activities for children, as another poster pointed out the Gazette seem to have focused on the many over priced things to do in the town! There aren't that many (if any) low cost days out in the town, besides going to a park.
Not sure I agree that these would be top 15 complaints :/ Number 1 is a big moan of mine! Drivers that think they're more important than others, have places to be where arriving 2 minutes later is unthinkable and have the right to not abide by the road. Having said that, given the inconsistency on Basingstoke's roundabouts, why was it not just changed to both lanes going right? That is where the majority of traffic goes. As for all the activities for children, as another poster pointed out the Gazette seem to have focused on the many over priced things to do in the town! There aren't that many (if any) low cost days out in the town, besides going to a park. lovemychildren
  • Score: 1

11:24pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Folkestone Saint says...

18, People who like to put down a free comments section as they are so perfect in every thing "they" do
18, People who like to put down a free comments section as they are so perfect in every thing "they" do Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 8

10:21pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Food for Thought says...

Well, we don't LOVE to moan about Maria Miller - we just know she has no shame and must be told to go by the people of Basingstoke. Pity the Gazette sucks up to her so much while she still has her snout in the trough. Maybe we should nickname her Peppa.
Well, we don't LOVE to moan about Maria Miller - we just know she has no shame and must be told to go by the people of Basingstoke. Pity the Gazette sucks up to her so much while she still has her snout in the trough. Maybe we should nickname her Peppa. Food for Thought
  • Score: 9

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