A report has been published which analyses the reports made by members of the public using the “Fix My Street” app. The University of Sterling research report relates issue volumes to “areas of deprivation”.
The York Council decided some 5 years ago to develop its own “app” for public service issue reporting (“Report it”). However the system has never worked properly lacking the flexibility and features available in commercial systems. Only litter and street lighting reports produce an instance reference number and “job completed” notifications.
Despite promises of an early upgrade to meet modern standards none has been forthcoming.
Clearly many residents still opt for “Fix My Street” and other systems to report issues. This means that someone at the Council has to manually re-key the reports into its ageing IT system.
This is the kind of inefficiency that the Council needs to tackle if it is to invest more in actually dealing with issues *on the street”
The Stirling research – not surprisingly – reveals that road and footpath reports are by far the greatest concern of York residents.