Community website FixMyStreet is urging people to take action to get their neighbourhood street problems fixed before the winter freeze.

The ‘Fix Before the Freeze’ campaign encourages people to report the small issues that could become big headaches before winter sets in:

– Unfixed potholes will become larger as the frost takes grip. Report them now and ensure safer roads in the forthcoming icy conditions.
– Broken lampposts don’t matter on long summer days, but on dark evenings they can be a real danger.
– Cracked or broken paving slabs are a hazard for the elderly and infirm, and doubly so when the frost strikes.

FixMyStreet makes reporting problems really simple – just type in the postcode or street name where you have identified a problem, add a quick description, and it’s automatically sent to the right department in the relevant council. It’s quick, simple, easy to follow updates and you don’t even have to leave your name.

Here’s an example of a resident reporting a brook blocked by rubbish and fallen branches. The report was automatically forwarded straight to Birmingham City Council by FixMyStreet, and the council had cleared this out within a couple of weeks. You can also comment on and update reports made by others – this report was still open but I had seen council workers clearing it, so updated the page.

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FixMyStreet have provided poster and flier downloads to print out, so that you can spread the word among colleagues, friends and family.

Marketing and Communications Manager for FixMyStreet, Myfanwy Nixon said: “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.

“If everyone does this, and asks one or two friends and colleagues to do the same, your neighbourhood could be a safer place this winter.”

The website is one of several community projects built by the not-for-profit organisation mySociety. It receives approximately 1,000 problems every week, of which over 65,000 have been marked as fixed. FixMyStreet encourages transparency and accountability by publishing reports online as well as sending them to the council.

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