Posted on | July 16, 2011 | 1 Comment
Finally, it seems, mobile phone technology has caught on with Councils all over the UK with the launch of Love Clean Streets, a website and smarphone app that is helping clean up your area with the touch of a “mobile” button.
This latest brainwave comes in the form of an application, or app, for mobile smartphones across Windows, Iphone and Android operating systems allowing users to take photographs of unsightly rubbish, fly-tipping, graffiti or general problems like pot holes in your neighborhood area..
Once you’ve taken the photo using the app, it’s sent to the relevant council and handed over to the Customer First department for community teams to deal with.
Unlike previous (or is that current!!) forms of communication with the council, in order to help you keep track of your complaint and understand what is actually happening with it, your picture will appear on the Love Clean Streets website where residents will be able to track other reported issues including how long they take to be resolved.
For someone living and working in London, I was pleased to discover that the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has also joined in on the scheme launching a the Love Clean London application.
The Love Clean London site is part of the LoveCleanStreets network, launched In partnership with Mayor of London, LoveLewisham, Keep Britain Tidy, Veolia Environment, Microsoft UK, Pitney Bowes Business Insight and Capital Ambition, so some big names here that are helping support this great initiative..
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “Eyesores such as litter, graffiti and fly-tipping are a real blight on our environment. It also costs boroughs millions to clear up the mess of a small number of irresponsible individuals.
“Love Clean London gives people an easy way to report a discarded mattress or an outbreak of graffiti, helping their boroughs to direct finite resources where they are most needed.
He adds, “In tough financial times, this smart use of technology can deliver genuine savings whilst encouraging people to take an active pride in their local environment. I am urging more boroughs to get behind it and more Londoners to spruce up the capital in the run up to 2012 and beyond.”
I couldn’t agree more and I’m hoping that more Londoners will start to take pride in their areas and start using apps like this.
I’ve downloaded the app and look forward to testing it out soon so here’s to a cleaner London, it can only ever be a good thing..