The new app that will keep your council on its toes
If you’re an iPhone user, there appears to be a nifty new way to use it that can give your local council a kick up the arse and get the place tidied up, thanks to a free new app called ‘Speak Up!’
It works like this – you’re out and about one day, doing your thing and that, and you stumble upon a problem that the council really ought to be doing something about. It could be graffiti, a knackered bit of pavement or a major bit of littering.
Using Speak Up!, you simply take a pic of the offending scene, choose the category that it fits into, input some info and your contact details, press the magic button, and the app will forward your report on to the relevant council, using GPS to identify the location of the problem area.
We haven’t tried it out yet, primarily because we operate in a hermetically-sealed pod that is fifty feet beneath ground level and the council don’t come round here no more, but for those of you in the real world, it could be an enormous boon (and we’re always on the look out for enormous boons).
Mind you, with all the cuts and everything, you might have to wait 18 months or so for the job to get sorted, but at least you’ll have done your bit. Big Society and that...