Bumpy ride this morning? View blocked by dumped rubbish? Potholes and fly tipping are just two of the street faults that can be reported via the Fix My Street website, along with vandalism, graffiti, dog fouling and many other common community issues.
While most of us know that the council are responsible for fixing these things, we may not know which department in the council or how to contact them. With FixMyStreet, all you have to do is locate the problem on a map, and select a category: the site then sends it off to the right place to get it fixed.
All reports are published on the site, as well as being sent to the council. Browsing your own postcode can be interesting, as you soon learn what the persistent problems are in your area, and whether or not they are being fixed. There’s also the opportunity to discuss individual reports in the comments section.
We have a page listing all the reports made to Fix My Street in the Turriff and District area.
My own report to Aberdeenshire Council of a newly installed lamp post obsuring a road sign, sent via Fix My Street was fixed in less than 2 weeks. Granted that not every issue will be fixed so speedily but if the council don’t know there is an issue they can’t do anything about it.
FixMyStreet comes from the UK not-for-profit organisation mySociety, and is one of its longest-running and most-used services. It is just one of several projects aimed at making it easier for citizens to get things changed in their own community.
So, next time you see something that needs fixing, be it a broken paving slab or a flickering streetlight, all you need to remember is FixMyStreet.com.