A new integration has been completed for Brent Council between FixMyStreet Pro, which acts as the Council’s user-friendly, resident-facing front door to place-based defect reporting, and Continental Landscapes’ ATAK system.
Continental Landscapes is contracted by Brent Council to manage grounds maintenance for all parks and housing land. Previously, reports of those issues made via FixMyStreet Pro had to be manually keyed into the ATAK system.
By integrating the two systems, reports from residents, council customer services staff and on-the-ground inspectors of issues that are Continental Landscapes’ responsibility can be triaged automatically and managed more efficiently.
Understandably, most members of the public are not aware of which service is responsible for what problem, especially in places like London where there may be a number of different services responsible for overlapping issues. For example, in Brent, litter in the park might be the responsibility of Continental Landscapes, but graffiti removal might be the responsibility of another contractor.
One of the main advantages of the integration with the ATAK system is the way in which it ensures reports always go to the right place when made via Brent’s FixMyStreet Pro, or the national FixMyStreet service.
The integration enables asset layers to be added to the in-report map which correspond to different categories. Depending on the location of the map pin, category and asset selected, a report will be sent either directly into the ATAK system, or to another location as specified by the Council to ensure that the correct team can respond.
Brent Council’s version of FixMyStreet Pro is also integrated with Symology Insight and Veolia Echo, into which some other report categories are sent, such as potholes and fly-tipping on streets.
FixMyStreet Pro can also automatically divert reports to Transport for London wherever necessary.
As with all integrations into FixMyStreet Pro, any updates made to reports by staff within ATAK are then automatically fed back to the report-maker. FixMyStreet Pro also enables councils to set up automated response templates to reflect different statuses with an integrated system, which helps to easily keep report-makers informed of their report’s progress.
All reports and their updates are shown to the public on the map to help reduce duplication and avoidable contact.
Brent Council introduced FixMyStreet Pro in early 2023 as part of a drive to improve its digital offering for reporting local street-based problems and accessing residential waste services online. The Council uses WasteWorks to manage inbound waste reports, requests and payments online, which is integrated with Veolia Echo and Capita 360.
Brent Council is working with SocietyWorks to improve the online experience for residents when contacting the authority about two of its most in-demand services: residential waste and street and environment reporting.
Residents in Brent can now make use of two new digital portals, both powered by SocietyWorks’ citizen-centred technology: one for making waste-related requests, reports and payments online, using WasteWorks; the other for reporting street and environmental problems, using FixMyStreet Pro.
Branded to look exactly like the rest of Brent Council’s online environment and integrated directly with the Council’s existing asset, in-cab and payment systems, both WasteWorks and FixMyStreet Pro have enabled the council to facilitate a smooth transition for residents and staff, with no interruption to delivery. These integrations also permit information to be shared to and from residents, the Council and its contractors to help keep the feedback loop closed and improve resident satisfaction.
Brent Council’s dedicated instance of WasteWorks simplifies access to waste services online by providing one front door for all transactions, such as reporting a missed collection, ordering a new container or paying for a subscription to a green waste collection. Through integration, the portal can provide real-time updates about collections to residents to help Brent close the feedback loop, manage expectations and avoid unnecessary contact.
The portal was designed in collaboration with Bromley Council, and was shortlisted for the Public/Private Partnership award at the LGC Awards 2022. For Brent, we hope to replicate the success Bromley has seen with WasteWorks, with a 40% drop in unnecessary contact within the first few months of launching and a continual rise in subscriptions to waste services.
Meanwhile, through FixMyStreet Pro, residents can report local problems such as potholes, blocked drains and fly-tipping. The solution is designed as a progressive web app, giving residents the option to use it as an app or a website, with no obligation either way. It also has the unique ability to automatically triage reports on a nationwide scale, including to Transport for London, which reduces avoidable contact and eliminates manual intervention.
Angela Dixon, Managing Director at SocietyWorks said: “Consistency is key when it comes to improving the digital experience for residents, and with both WasteWorks and FixMyStreet Pro working in tandem for Brent, residents will benefit from using an efficient and intuitive interface across two different but equally in-demand service areas. It is a pleasure to collaborate with a council that takes such a forward-thinking and thorough approach to digital transformation.”
If you would like to know more about FixMyStreet Pro or WasteWorks, request a free, informal demo here.
SocietyWorks is working with Brent Council to transform the way residents report local street-based problems and access residential waste services online, starting with the installation of a dedicated version of FixMyStreet Pro.
Brent Council is the latest local authority to switch to FixMyStreet Pro for managing inbound street and environmental fault reports from residents. Like the twenty four other other local and public authorities across the UK using the software, Brent will benefit from FixMyStreet Pro’s unique ability to automatically triage reports on a nationwide scale, including to Transport for London, which reduces avoidable contact and eliminates manual intervention.
The map-based solution has a simple interface designed to make it easier for residents to report problems on any device, while also displaying all reports on the map to enable residents to subscribe to existing reports instead of creating duplicates.
Integrated directly with two of Brent’s backend management systems Symology and the Selected Interventions Echo system, which is used by the council’s waste contractor Veolia, FixMyStreet Pro will help to improve accuracy and close the feedback loop by facilitating a two-way exchange of data from council to report-maker.
The introduction of FixMyStreet Pro in Brent will be followed by the rollout of a dedicated version of SocietyWorks’ residential waste portal WasteWorks to also improve the user experience when accessing information and making requests about waste services.
Councillor Krupa Sheth, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Climate Action at Brent Council said: “We take serious pride in our streets and green spaces. In order to make sure our spaces are functioning – we need your help. I encourage all residents to let us know when they encounter fly-tipping, potholes, graffiti and other issues by using report.brent.gov.uk.”
“Thank you to all the residents who do keep us up to date with issues in the borough, it really does help us to keep Brent clean and green.”
Angela Dixon, Managing Director at SocietyWorks said: “It has been a delight to support Brent with this ambitious project to improve the digital experience for residents in two different service areas. At every stage it has been clear that resident needs are being prioritised, and we look forward to seeing our technology make a positive impact in the borough.”
FixMyStreet Pro for Brent Council is now live for residents to use: https://report.brent.gov.uk/