27/05/2011 - Permalink

Help us improve Shropshire Council’s website

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We’re looking to improve the way residents connect with the council – and you can get involved by giving your views on our website.

A group of officers are investigating how the website – shropshire.gov.uk – can better meet the needs of people, and they would like your help.  Visit the Project WIP (Website Improvement Project) website to get involved.

The council’s website is more than just a collection of information – it enables people to report problems, such as potholes or missed bin collections, as well as applying for planning permission and paying council tax.  It has received plaudits from industry experts, including Paul Annett who designed websites for Tesco Online and Central Government’s recent Alpha gov project, who said the “clean, modern, uncluttered layout” should be an example to all local government websites.

But things move quickly in the IT world, and the council is well aware that the way people use websites is changing.  That’s why the project has been set up to improve shropshire.gov.uk and make sure it does what residents and businesses want it to do.

Shropshire Council cabinet member for IT, Councillor Martin Taylor-Smith, said:

“We are doing a lot of work at the moment to make the best use of modern technology to help people connect with the council.  I hope as many people as possible have a look at the Project WIP website to give us their views and ideas about how we can be more responsive – ultimately helping us to provide better services in the most convenient way.”