My road was recently recently resealed, well sort of. There is loads of loose metal on the sides of the road, tar is welling up through the metal and 3 cars in our household have had stones stuck with tar to our brake disks. I rang Auckland Council to ask when it was going to be finished and they said it was, but that they will look into it. That was 2 weeks ago and haven’t heard a thing since.
Then I read about Voice My View which is a project collaboration between five leading universities in the UK. The basic concept is to use a variety of media to allow the public to voice their opinions about their surroundings via mobile phones, strategically situated kiosks, social media and going forward with an application combining web, SMS and many other input media called Viewki, which includes features such as geocoding, clustering of comments and much more. This application is still in prototype but looks like a great innovation.
I hope they get past the prototype, this is something that Local Government all over the world should embrace. I note there is already an iPhone App available, which is good to see.