It is great (or should that be grate?) that blocked drains can now be reported online and tracked.
You can see I reported some in Peter Street below (I checked all of them in the street at the Commercial Road end):
These particular drains have been reported before and have been blocked for some time but the new system lets us track progress of the reports. One of them shown below:
These drains were reported on the 1st of July and according to the report they were inspected on the 21st – not within the 10 working days promised but not too much longer. What we don’t know yet is when they will actually be unblocked.
I will be checking the system for news.
If you do know of other blocked drains it is easy to report them online now at: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/start/report-a-blocked-drain
Good news, the digital and design team have now made the new online reporting of blocked drains and grids live.
This uses the same technology as reporting a faulty street light so you can now do all of the following things:
- find blocked grids on a map or by post code
- zoom in and see which grids have already been reported
- for existing reports see a history of the report and its status
If you have a My Stockport account you can even go back and see all the grids that you have previously reported and you can register for updates when the grids are unblocked. Here is a link if you want to report a drain or grid block right now
From walking around Hazel Grove there were clearly a lot of blocked grids in the past but hopefully this new system will help us keep them clear in the future.
As part of the Councillors Digital Update meetings Cllr Jon Twigge suggested getting street light reporting upgraded on the new website early. That work is almost complete and should be live in a few weeks. The new system will show much more information than the current one with a history of what has happened for each report.
There will be a new upgraded map to click on to identify the lights that are faulty – the old one does not always work very well, if at all, on mobile devices.
Local Lib Dem campaigner Paul Ankers was delighted to hear the news, “It will be much easier to report Street Light faults and keep track of them with this new system.
“One of the biggest problems was not knowing why a light was broken. Now there will be a new colour on the map, amber, when a fault has been passed to the utility company for repairs.”
The first version will be a big improvement but more will follow and Jon wants to see a GPS system, like Sat Navs use, so that the map automatically shows the street you are standing on, if you are using a smartphone, making it much easier to find a particular light to report.
A Drain reported on the A6 by Paul Ankers
A very blocked drain !
Following the floods there has been a lot of attention on drains. The examples shown here illustrate a couple of the problems. To help the public report blocked drains more easily and see when they are fixed Jon has been asking to get the drain reporting upgraded as well. The good news is that drains are now next to be upgraded after street lights – there will be a map to help report them and we should be able to see all the ones that have been reported and fixed. (The old system has a map but it doesn’t work at all).