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Report issues to local council directly from your phone

A mobile app lets you take photos of problems in your local area and send them straight to the council from your phone.

A mobile app lets you take photos of problems in your local area and send them straight to the council from your phone.

(Credit: Outware Mobile)

How often do you see a problem in your area and make a mental note to notify the council, only to forget completely? Well, it turns out there's an app for that.

Snap Send Solve lets you report issues on the fly by sending a photo directly to the relevant department of your local council — anything from graffiti to broken playground equipment to blocked storm drains to litter to terrible parking.

The best part is that it's all pretty much automated. The app uses your phone's location to find the relevant council. To make a report, you can take a photograph (it's possible to skip this step and just include a location), then geotag it using your phone's GPS. Then you select the type of incident you are reporting from a drop-down menu, with the option to add a short note. Then all you have to do is tap the little paper aeroplane icon and your report is on its way.

Although there are a few categories missing — such as water and electrical wiring — there is a "general" category that allows you to report miscellaneous incidents.

The location services also allow you to find out more about your local council. Based on where you are, you can visit the "Local Area" option for a rundown on contact details and a detailed list of the members who are currently serving on council.

Snap Send Solve is available for free on iOS. An older version is also available on Android, to be updated in the coming months.