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mySociety’s Fix before the Freeze campaign

A project run by the UK Citizens Online Democracy (charity no 1076346) has recently launched a campaign to Fix Before the Freeze

That project, the mySociety project, has created a number of websites which are widely used to support the democratic process, websites such as TheyWorkForYou and WriteToThem.

mySociety are also responsible for the FixMyStreet website, which allows householders to report certain types of problem in their neighbourhood. The FixMyStreet website will automatically route those reports to the correct department in the appropriate local authority. Its advantage over the “Report it” feature to be found on the Eastleigh Borough Council website, is that FixMyStreet lists everything that has been reported, plots those reports on a map and allows updates to be posted. If the Council does nothing about the problem, you can post an update to record that fact.

The Fix Before the Freeze campaign aims to use the FixMyStreet website to resolve local issues before they become bigger problems when the freeze arrives.

Potholes for instance will become larger as the frost works on them. If reported now, that could stop a bigger repair being necessary after the winter.

Marketing and Communications Manager for FixMyStreet, Myfanwy Nixon, says,

“It’s easy enough to check which streetlights aren’t working on your way home from work – make a mental note, then report them on FixMyStreet. It really does only take a minute, and it could help your local community.

The problems that have been logged on FixMyStreet for Eastleigh Borough Council, and individual wards within the Borough,  can be seen here

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site. 

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  3 comments for “Fix before the freeze

  1. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    November 10, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    This is not the first time ‘Fix my Street’ has been featured on the site –

    http://www.eastleighnews.org.uk://?p=3865

    Two years after this problem was reported it still hasn’t been fixed by the council.

    http://www.fixmystreet.com/report/74770

    Another site they have just started which looks interesting is ‘Petition your Council’

    http://www.petitionyourcouncil.com/

    This makes it straightforward to petition either Eastleigh or Hampshire County Council.

    A quick check of the link to Eastleigh’s online petition site shows no petitions have been received – mind you they have hardly promoted it have they.

    I think it would be great to have a widget on the front page of Eastleigh News which will enable users to email Mysociety to

    Ask a Freedom of Information questions

    Report a street problem

    Start an online petition on the council website

    I feel that would be a really useful service for the community.

    All the code is open source.

    Can anyone help set this up?

  2. Peter Stewart
    November 18, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    The list includes “dangerous crossings”. Well I can tell you where there is a dangerous crossing. Go to the traffic island where Hunters Way meets Alan Drayton Way. On the road, you will be assailed by instructions to look this way and that. No wonder this crossing has produced so many accidents. It’s nothing to do with the speed limit of 40 mph. People should always use their kerb drill BEFORE stepping onto the road. YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE!

  3. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    November 18, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I hope you have reported it!

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