Monthly Archives: October 2012

New way to ‘smart’ contact Winchester City Council

If you use a smart phone or tablet then we have a new way for you to contact the council

Report problems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, no matter where you are in the world, with Winchester City Council’s new Your Winchester app.

If you have a smart phone or tablet device Your Winchester is the quick and efficient way to report problems, you can even send your report with an accurate GPS location* and photograph or video.

The app has been designed to make it as straightforward as possible for people to report problems or look up information on the move. There’s no need to wait until you get back to the office or home before you can report problems, no need to hang on the phone to speak to an advisor at busy times and no need to work out who you should send the report to – Your Winchester does all that for you.

The fast and efficient app is free to download from the Apple App store, Google Play and the Blackberry App store, all you need to do is go to the app store from your device, type in Your Winchester to the search field, download it and you can start using it straight away.

You can use the app to report issues like refuse collections, fly-tipping, street rubbish, illegal fly posting, a broken pavement or street lighting, problems with parking meters and pot holes in the road, abandoned vehicles, dead animals, drains and graffiti, antisocial behaviour issues and problems in your local park.

You can find out who your local Councillor is, pay a bill, check out what’s on with the local event section and then catch up on the latest Winchester news from our website.

By using the Smartphone’s GPS mapping technology Your Winchester automatically sends your report to the right council. So, if you report a dead animal on the roadside in West Sussex, for example, the report will be sent to the appropriate local council to deal with.

Using the mobile app is easy – to submit a report you just select the appropriate category, complete the questions and capture the evidence with a photo or video, enter your location and send. We’ll get to work to resolve the issue and we’ll keep you informed on the progress of your report by updating you by email.

The app will take reports on the following areas:

Refuse collection problems
Street rubbish

Repairs reporting for our tenants
Illegal fly posting
Street lighting
Pot holes in the road
Abandoned vehicles
Dead animals
Car Park maintenance
Pest problems
Food hygiene
Light or Noise Pollution
Dog fouling
Nuisance bonfires
Bus Stop issues
Health and Safety
Public Conveniences
Planning Breaches
Empty Properties
Complaint or Praise
Street issues such as pavements
Cigarette smoking
Benefit Fraud
Anti Social Behaviour

*For GPS location pinpointing device location services need to be activated

Grainger engage builder for Phase 1 of Berewood

Bloor Homes will start construction next month on a £35m housing development in Waterlooville, Hampshire.

Developer Grainger plc has planning permission for 2,550 family homes at Berewood, a residential-led mixed use development located West of Waterlooville. It has sold the first phase, an 11.2 acre site with planning consent for 194 new homes, to Bloor.

The sale is in line with Grainger’s strategy for Berewood, which is to sell phases of consented land to housebuilders after first installing infrastructure, such as roads and utilities. This is the first phase of 13 at the Berewood development, which in total comprises 168 developable acres.

Over the next 10 to 15 years, a ‘garden city’ style community will be built, with two new schools, offices, retail, and two new pubs, as well as the 2,550 homes.

Grainger development director John Beresford said: “When we first met Bloor Homes they stood out as an organisation which clearly understood the scheme and was very understanding of the long term nature of the Berewood development and how Grainger wants to create a fantastic place to live. When they were shortlisted I visited a few of their current schemes and was impressed with the high quality of the developments. I am very excited to see the first homes be created at this wonderful new community.”

Bloor Homes southern regional chairman Adrian Bloor said: “Bloor Homes are delighted to have been selected by Grainger Plc to deliver the first phase of this exciting Berewood neighbourhood development. What particularly attracted our company to the project was the high quality of design and the attention to detail in the implementation of the infrastructure. Combined, these two qualities will create a premium environment which complements the Bloor Homes brand.”