Hogan Announces Pilot Fix Your Street Initiative

3rd August, 2011

Carlow Fine Gael TD Pat Deering welcomes this weeks announcement by Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government  Mr. Phil Hogan TD of the ‘Fix Your Street’ initiative. The initiative launched initially in South Dublin County, and will be rolled out nationwide in Autumn this year, means the public can report issues with local services to their local Council and they will respond within two days. This initiative is in line with a commitment in the Programme for Government.

The pilot of Fixyourstreet.ie will see South Dublin County Council deploy a publicly accessible web site with associated mobile technologies which will record non emergency issues such as graffiti, road defects, street lighting, illegal dumping and drainage.

Once established, the pilot will run for a period of three months whereby technologies will be tested in a live working local government environment.  It is envisaged that reporting of issues will be accepted via the web site, through email, twitter, and coming shortly mobile phone apps for the most popular mobile platforms.

Key to the implementation of Fixyourstreet will be a commitment that ‘local officials will respond within two working days’.  In this regard residents will be able to monitor the response and interact with their issue once it has been reported through the system.

Minister Hogan said; “It is envisaged that once the pilot is completed and evaluated, it will be rolled out on a national basis with any necessary adaptations.  I see huge potential in this initiative to allow residents to bring matters to the attention of their council in a quick and easy way.  It will also facilitate local authorities to deal with issues raised in an efficient and effective manner.’

Deputy Deering said ‘this is good news for the general public, local residents can now report issues to their local authority and more importantly will get a response within two working days. It will take a few months to roll it out across the Country, and hopefully we will have it here in Carlow before the end of the year.’