- What is FixMyStreet for?
- FixMyStreet is a site to help people report, view, or discuss local issues to their local council by simply locating them on a map. It launched in September 2010. It was inspired by the UK-based FixMyStreet.com.
- Can you give me some examples?
- Sure. Graffiti, unlit lampposts, abandoned beds, broken glass on a cycle path; anything like that that could be usefully reported to your council to be fixed.
- How do I use the site?
After entering a postcode or location, you are presented with a map of that area. You can view issues already reported in that area, or report ones of your own simply by clicking on the map at the location of the issue.
After you enter details about the issue, we'll email you a link. Click the link in the email to confirm the issue and submit it to your council.
- How are the issues solved?
- They are reported to the relevant council by email. The council can then resolve the issue the way they normally would. Alternatively, you can discuss the issue on the website with others, and then together lobby the council to fix it, or fix it directly yourselves.
- Is it free?
- The site is free to use, yes. FixMyStreet NZ is run by volunteers, though, so if you want to make a contribution, please do.
- Who built FixMyStreet?
- The site was created by Jonathan Hunt, as part of the Open New Zealand initiative. Jonathan currently maintains the site.
- The theme is by Josh Campbell.
- The site is hosted by egressive.com.
- Thanks to Mark Dingle for the domain name.
- Maps are by Google, and Google is used for geocoding addresses.
- This site uses Koordinates.com for reverse-geocoding of locations to councils.
- GeoNames is used for geocoding of post codes.
- Thanks to Nat Torkington and Glen Barnes for encouragement to JFDI.
- Some icons are from the Silk set at http://famfamfam.com/lab/icons/silk/ - thanks.
- Thanks to Able Technology for use of their Address Finder service.
Let us know if we’ve missed anyone.
- Who pays for it?
- To date, FixMyStreet NZ has been paid for by volunteers.
- Where’s the "source code" to this site?
- The software behind this site is open source (based on the Drupal content management framework), and can be made available to you mainly under the GPL software license.