Labour’s new environment and community safety spokesperson, Cllr Stephen Morgan, is backing the use of a smart phone app to help clean up communities across Portsmouth.
The ‘My Portsmouth’ app developed by the city council is downloadable for free for both apple and android devices, allows residents to report problems they see around the city.
Residents can report a wide range of problems such as a broken streetlight, potholes, a dumped fridge or fly tipping, dog fouling, hazardous paving, graffiti, blocked curb-side drains, and illegally parked vehicles.
And with a built-in camera function problems can be pin-pointed on a map and are reported straight back to the relevant council department to respond to.
Cllr Stephen Morgan said:
“Flytipping and the dumping of unwanted household items is a real issue in my ward of Charles Dickens and across our city. It’s a problem that comes up time and time again when I talk with residents on the doorstep.
Finding things left on the street or in open spaces is something I am always on to the Council to sort, to ensure officers take action and the items are removed. The app helps me do just that, so I’m a bit of a fan!
But the perception amongst some in our communities is that flytipping is on the increase in the city, so I am going to be keeping a close eye on the use of the app and encouraging the Tory-run administration to do more to make sure we see services improve for local people and our communities cleaned up”.
Anyone in Portsmouth is encouraged to download the app. You can do so by simply visiting the apple or android stores and searching for ‘My Portsmouth’.