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One man is behind 673 of 1,000 complaints to councils

Brits don’t have the best reputation when it comes to complaining.

But this Hull man might just be Britain’s biggest moaner, after filing 673 complaints to Hull City Council this year alone.

Kyle Harrison has grumbled so much he was solely responsible for 67% of website FixMyStreet’s most recent 1,000 complaints.

Karl Harrison made 206 complaints about street lighting

Karl Harrison made 206 complaints about street lighting (Picture: FixMyStreet)

The site lets residents easily lodge complaints about problems that need attention from their council.

It would seem Mr Harrison’s biggest grievance is street lighting, which made up 30% of his complaints – 206 in total.

The website found that he was systematic in the way he reports issues, most of them regarding damaged or broken lights.

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‘Street light column No 2 is not lit when it’s dark – Feldane, Orchard Park Estate, Kingston Upon Hull,’ reads one complaint.

Another says: ‘Street light column No 34 is lit during the day time – Beverly Road, Kingston Upon Hull.’

He also lodged complaints about 77 potholes, 64 streets that needed cleaning, 29 incidents of flyposting – which is illegally sticking posters to street columns – and
27 incidents of flytipping.

However, Mr Harrison never appears to be angry, choosing to simply notify the council of what needs to be done.

FixMyStreet.com complaints via Kyle Harrison He could be the country???s most prolific grumbler after submitting more than 600 complaints to Hull City Council this year alone. According to analysis of data from FixMyStreet, a website that lets residents easily lodge complaints about problems that need attention from their council, Kyle Harrison is responsible for more than half the complaints recorded. He is responsible for 673 out of the most recent 1,000 complaints on the site this year. His biggest issue is with street lighting, which accounts for 30 per cent of his complaints (206 in total). https://www.fixmystreet.com/report/1385636

Mr Harrison is never angry in his complaints about broken street furniture (Picture: FixMyStreet)

Website FixMyStreet allows residents to not only log complaints, but also see if something they’ve noticed has already been reported.

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

Myfanwy Nixon, communications manager at 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 spokeswoman 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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