More than 1,300 local residents have joined the pioneering online social network Nextdoor.
In addition, more than 75 per cent of neighbourhoods in the borough are now connected via Nextdoor. The impressive number of H&F neighbours now connected make H&F the largest Nextdoor community in the UK.
In the Shepherds Bush neighbourhood of Wendell Park alone, more than 260 members have now signed up to the free, private network.
The new app – which was developed as a start-up firm in Silicon Valley with funding from early Facebook investors – allows neighbours to plan local events, discuss safety issues, post things for sale and much more.
Whether that’s looking for a plumber, finding a lost dog or exchanging the latest hot restaurant tip, the app is a great way to get to know your neighbours and your neighbourhood better.
Connie Carrasco of Munster Road, Fulham, joined her local Nextdoor neighbourhood in November. “I wanted to be an active member in my community,” she says. “And see if there were people with the same interests in mine who were willing to share information. Surprisingly, there were!
“Now our Fulham Palace Road network has more than 80 members. I’ve bought a second-hand bike from a neighbour. And I’ve discovered the Fulham Good Neighbours charity, which I now realise is just around the corner. Nextdoor is also a great way to get recommendations on local shops.”
Now council signs up
Hammersmith & Fulham Council has formed a ground-breaking partnership with the new network because it feels that Nextdoor offers the council a unique way to communicate with residents across the 16 neighbourhoods in the borough.
It will use the pioneering network to keep locals up-to-date with issues that affect them – but also to listen to residents in finding ways to keep you better informed about what we’re doing and improve our services.
“It’s great to see neighbours connecting on Nextdoor,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, H&F Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion. “It’s a fantastic way to get people talking and break the ice with your neighbours. And it’s also a great way to talk to us privately and securely about important issues.”
Nextdoor is used by more than 112,000 neighbourhoods in the United States, with more than 1,600 government agencies also talking to local communities.
While H&F Council can post on Nextdoor, it cannot see any of the exchanges between members on the site.
To download the app and get started visit: www.nextdoor.co.uk.