Parish coun­cil goes dig­i­tal

Ger­rards Cross em­braces so­cial me­dia

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

A PARISH coun­cil is mak­ing strides into the dig­i­tal world af­ter launch­ing it­self into the world of so­cial me­dia.

Since launch­ing Twit­ter and Face­book pages last year, Ger­rards Cross Parish Coun­cil has steadily ac­cu­mu­lated hun­dreds of likes and fol­low­ers, with 95 peo­ple lik­ing it on Face­book and 457 fol­low­ers on Twit­ter.

It fol­lows a push from the coun­cil to en­gage more with peo­ple living in the vil­lage and to help spread the word about Ger­rards Cross is­sues and news and events.

The parish coun­cil posts sev­eral items each day to make sure that peo­ple are

CUPPA KIND­NESS: reg­u­larly kept in the loop about things, with coun­cil­lor Hellen Orme hav­ing taken on much of the work.

Coun­cil chair­man Chris Brown said: “We thought it was an im­por­tant thing for us to do.

“It’s some­thing that can re­ally help us to com­mu­ni­cate with peo­ple living in the vil­lage, and it means that we can let peo­ple know quickly about things go­ing on around the vil­lage.

“It’s also a good way of get­ting feed­back about things.”

The parish coun­cil is also en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to sign up to its mail­ing sys­tem so that doc­u­ments and news can also be emailed out to vil­lagers on a regular ba­sis.

Parish coun­cil­lor Jen­nifer Woolveridge said: “The amount of peo­ple that we are reach­ing through so­cial me­dia has re­ally gone up a lot re­cently, so it’s good to see that it’s work­ing so well.

“The mail­ing sys­tem is also a re­ally use­ful thing to have as well, be­cause it’s an­other way for us to com­mu­ni­cate with the public and for them to get in touch with us.

“It would be great if more peo­ple signed up to that be­cause, the more peo­ple that we can reach, the more use­ful it is.”

If you would like to sign up to the sys­tem, or to find out more, go to www.ger­rard­ uk.

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