Silicon Quaggy: Love Clean London

To the list of London's leading technology start-ups can be added Lewisham Council.

As Monkeyboy spotted, its Love Lewisham technology is being rolled out across London boroughs and has been seized upon by Mayor Johnson who launched the Love Clean London scheme today in London.

It's good to see Lewisham's innovation getting some credit and the higher profile that this scheme should achieve will make it more likely that local people will start to use it.

The BBC reports:

Lewisham council said since the system went live its spending on street cleansing has been held at 2003-04 levels, complaints about graffiti fell by 30%, and there had been an 87% drop in the time taken to respond.

The web portal also removes the need to set up a separate IT system, it added.

EDIT: Erm, it turns out that Microsoft technology had quite a lot to do with the development of this app, so we suppose we'd better declare an interest - Microsoft is a client of the agency (Edelman) Brockley Nick works for.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

River + Boris + Lewisham =

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2009/06/05/london-mayor-boris-johnson-falls-into-river-watch-the-video-115875-21415879/

sallykate said...

It is a great system and one I've used to report flytipping from my phone. Though I was a bit surprised to get a text yesterday confirming that an issue I'd reported in April last year was now dealt with...I guess they were just cleaning up their records or something as the problem I reported was cleared up very quickly indeed.

Anonymous said...

It means the Graffiti cleaners will be busy,bet they love it,not.

Brockley Nick said...

The other day, regarding the Ladywell chicken shop, an anon told us that we mustn't discourage people from dropping litter because then the street cleaners would have too little work and could lose their jobs.

Today, another anon (or possibly the same one) greets the news that Lewisham's approach to graffiti is quite effective by worrying that wall cleaners will have too much to do.

Perhaps we can just consider the effectiveness of the policy without worrying about the hypothetical concerns of Lewisham's cleaners. Or maybe all the street cleaners put out of work due to the pristine streets of Lewisham could be retrained to meet the demands of Lewisham's ruthless anti-graffiti strategy.

Anonymous said...

Lewisham residents will complain about council tax and it is residents who cause the damage that was costing over £250,000 to remove.

The fact there is so much graffiti means that's what the majority of Lewisham residents want?

It ain't exactly declined over the years, why?

Take a look at lamposts, pillar, railings within days of being installed or repainted they have been chipped or damaged..why are residents of Lewisham unable to walk past an object without damaging it?

whinge.... said...

"it is residents who cause the damage that was costing over £250,000 to remove."

No, it's some residents. Just as some people in the UK commit crime that we all pay for. Not sure what your point is.

"The fact there is so much graffiti means that's what the majority of Lewisham residents want?"

No, I doubt it. Ever been to Berlin? now THEY have graffiti.

"It ain't exactly declined over the years, why?"

Don't know, kids taste in vandalism changes over the years.

"why are residents of Lewisham unable to walk past an object without damaging it?"

Hardly any one who lives here casually vandalises anything, wrong again.

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