In this issue I talk about the nearest recycling centre, mattress disposal and using the FixMyStreet APP. This is the APP recommended by Lewisham Council for reporting street issues such as fly-tipping and potholes.
Setting up an account
First you need to create an account on their website: https://www.fixmystreet.com
Use the Sign In button and add your email address and name and password, it says the password is optional, but I recommend you do it as it allows you to manage your reports. Click the Sign In button and await the confirmation email, then click on the link within, this takes you to the login page, use the credentials you just created.
Once you have logged in you can start making reports and see other reports by clicking on the Report a Problem Here button, if you add your postcode in the search field and click GO, all the recent reports are shown on a map. It’s easy to see the hot spots this way. To report an issue, click on the map location and fill in the form and press Submit.
If you want email notifications of other reports in your area, click on the Local Alerts button and add your postcode, click GO and subscribe by email or RSS feed.
Installing the FixMyStreet APP
Apple App Store
Google Play Store
Once you have the APP installed, and you are logged in with your credentials it’s easy to report street issues on the move.
Using the APP
To report Fly-tipping, open the APP and move the map under the X marks the spot and tap the New Report Here button, you are prompted to confirm the location and take a photo, when done tap the Next > button at the top of the screen to proceed to the details screen. Provide a title for example “Fly-tipping report”, then select the category Fly-tipping using the “–Pick a category list” and tap done, add a description and tap done and finally the Next > button again. The next screen is your details, change if required and then tap the Report button to finish.
The APP also works offline if your signal is poor, you can send the report later.
Each report shouldn’t take you more than a minute to complete.
The FixMyStreet website and APP are free to use and is run by a registered charity relying mostly on donations: https://www.mysociety.org/donate/
Local Recycling Centre out of Borough
Living in Catford South side of Lewisham borough our nearest recycling centre is in Landmann Way, SE14 5RS (which is over 5 miles away). The nearest alternative recycling centre is in Churchfields Road, Beckenham, BR3 4QR (which is 4.5 miles).
I prefer to use the Beckenham recycling centre as it’s nearer. There will be a charge if you are not a Bromley borough resident.
Out of borough residents are directed to the weighbridge entrance to pay the required fees. I have taken DIY and garden waste.
Park your car near the office building and go in the office, say what type of waste you have and that you are out of borough, and pay the £3.00 fee. Present the receipt at the kiosk at the public entrance to the site.
I normally go early on Saturday morning before 9.00am, there is rarely a queue.
Churchfields Road Opening hours: (domestic waste and recycling)
Monday to Friday 7am to 5:30pm
Saturday 7:30 am to 4pm
Sunday 8am to 1pm
Good Friday and bank holidays 8am to 4pm.
I think residents are poorly served in our part of the borough and desperately need a local recycling centre.
Free mattress recycling
If you have a mattress that you no longer need, Lewisham offer a collect and recycle for free service.
To book a free mattress collection read the details on Lewisham’s website and book:
When the pavement is full please use the bin