Council website meltdown – speculation it’s been overloaded with pothole reports or cyberattacked

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Hampshire residents have been left unable to access basic services after the County Council’s website crashed.

Hampshire County Council’s website has now been down for more than 24 hours. People trying to reach the site get a message saying “Sorry, this website is currently unavailable. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to display this page. Please try again in a few minutes.”

The problem means residents are unable to book slots at recycling centres, access library services, report potholes, get transport information or deal with school or children’s services.

It is not known what has caused the technical failure, although there is speculation about a cyber attack and at least one resident on social media wondered if the website had crashed due to being overloaded with reports of potholes across the county.

Hampshire County Council has been contacted for comment.

Direct bookings for recycling centres can be made by avoiding the Hampshire County Website here: https://bookings.bookinglab.co.uk/hampshire-hwrc/departments and some library services can be accessed directly here: https://bit.ly/42TwYH6 Urgent safeguarding concerns can be reported on 0300 555 1373

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