Love Clean Streets is a sweet service enabling you to help out your local council in keeping your community clear of clutter, crime and other environmental issues. The official app for Microsoft's desktop OS has been updated for Windows 8.1. There's also a sweet app available for Windows Phone, which has been with us for years.
The idea behind the apps and service is to empower the people to help local authorities combat an issue by capturing a photo and reporting the problem to the relevant agency (this is done after the report is submitted). Progress can be tracked within the app or via text, email and on the Love Clean Streets website (www.lovecleanstreets.org).
Somewhat humorously, there's a "FYI IFI" (For Your Information I Fixed It) category in case you're looking for praise for some work you've done, be it cleaning the local lake, etc. Fear not if you're not quite ready to file the report as you can save the image for later use and simply select the photo when using the app at home (or when you get data connectivity).
It's a great idea and a super convenient way to help out your local community by supporting those who take it upon themselves to address environmental issues, or to get much needed help from authorities for a wide variety of issues. We've experienced little to no problems when using the apps available.
So, what's new in this release? As is always the case with Windows 8.1 updates, you're looking at dynamic width support (Snap View), improved search functionality and more lovely Live Tiles. Here's the full change log:
- Support for all sizes of Live Tile with Live Tile
- Updated search functionality, incorporating the in-app Search Box
- Dynamic width support (replacing Snap View)
- Extended connections to social networks
Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
I'll give it a shot but See Click Fix doesn't work.
Perfect, just downloaded wp8 version.
Is this UK only? Worth mentioning in the article if it is.
Almost exclusively Rich writes about UK stuff. I always look for his name then I know its applicable to me. And there IS a US equivalent app for this type of thing. I read it in a mag the other month. Of course it was iOS though..
And looks like there is a wp8 version too - which wasn't mentioned in the article.
I prefer the fixmystreet.com service but they don't have an app so its nice to have this to use instead.
I was actually going to ask if this uses the FixMyStreet API :) I guess not then hehe. Am also a fan of FixMyStreet.
I've spent a good amount of time reporting graffiti, abandoned shopping carts a furniture via SeeClickFix and the city just doesn't seem to pay attention. I wonder if this app developer has better connections to get these reports to for action.
This system tends to work better than the others because it has support from key stakeholders, such as Keep Britain Tidy, Keep Scotland Beautiful, London Councils, London Mayor, Waste Contractors and many Local Authorities. They were the innovators in this technology but seem to understand that keeping streets clean is more than just a bit of 'clever code'.
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