We have two very cute small dogs. Every day I take them for a walk.
On a recent walk I noticed that a clothes dryer had been dumped beside the road. I stopped and took a photo with my iPhone. Then when I got home I emailed the local council with the photo attached.
The iPhone records GPS coordinates with every photo, so I was able to give the council that data to make it easy for them to find and remove the dryer.
By the time I went past the spot the next day the dryer was gone.
It may be though that your local council isn’t so easy to contact as mine, or that they don’t act so promptly to fix problems you report to them. That’s where FixMyStreet comes in.
FixMyStreet is a site to help people report local issues to the council by locating the issue on a map. You might report things like graffiti, dumped appliances, or anything that you feel the council should fix.
First you enter the postcode or location into the site and then you see a map. Marked on the map you may see things that other people have already reported. Or you can click on the map yourself and report an issue.
The website reports the issues to the relevant Council by email. If the council don’t fix the problem you might like to discuss it with others on the FixMyStreet website or even fix it yourselves.
It’s free to use the website, but because it’s run by volunteers they’re happy if you’d like to make a contribution.
What a fabulous way to enhance a community!
Look around you every day and if you see something that the council needs to fix visit FixMyStreet and report it. And then relax and enjoy the summer holiday.
Written by Miraz Jordan for, and reproduced from CommunityNet Aotearoa Panui, December 2010. This article has been modified for publication here.