Monday, 2 July 2007

You can make your neighbourhood better with mySociety

If your neighbourhood has a problem with graffiti, unlit lampposts, fly tipping, broken paving slabs, why not do something about it rather than get cross behind closed doors?

There is a fantastic web site that was started in February this year called Neighbourhoodfixit) and it provides a straightforward and effective way to notify your local council of such problems.

This site was built by the charity mySociety and funded by the Department for Constitutional Affairs Innovations Fund.

I have tried it out a couple of times relating to graffiti and was amazed at how quickly Norwich City Council responded and removed it. Well done them! :-)

Regretfully, the individual/s came back and added more graffiti on 2 of the 3 sites I reported, and the web site provides a feature to allow you to report the status of problems, not least to report when they are fixed.

I haven't given up yet.

Who knows, my next step might be to find out who my District Councillors, County Councillor, MP or MEP are using another of mySociety’s services, and sending them messages via their site?
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