Daventry’s ‘Pothole Banksie’ ends campaign

A woman who put up signs around a pothole-plagued town has said she is stepping back from the campaign. Daventry Banksie, who has remained anonymous, said she had achieved what she wanted because some road repairs had started, says the BBC.

The campaign was featured in local and national media, including ITV News and Banksie said she hoped other people would build on her work and hold the local council to account.

She said she also believed many people assumed a man was putting out the signs and women had told her they felt “empowered” when they discovered she was behind the campaign.

Banksie started her road sign protest in March, using the cover of darkness to attach wooden placards to signage on roundabouts and verges.

One welcomed drivers to “Pot Hole City – twinned with Grand Canyon” and another named a roundabout “Pot Holy Island”.

The signs were removed a few days later, apparently by the Conservative-controlled West Northamptonshire Council, but more placards followed and the story was covered on television, radio and in newspapers.

This week, workers from the council’s contractors, Kier, were in Daventry fixing some of the potholes.

Daventry Banksie told the BBC she was bringing her campaign to an end because “I think I achieved what I set out to achieve – to get the council to listen. Work has started so I felt that we now have got to give them a chance to get on and do the work,” she added.

(PIc – Tom Silk)


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