New town coun­cil web­site goes live

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MAC­CLES­FIELD Town Coun­cil has launched a new web­site to help com­mu­ni­cate with res­i­dents.

The web­site – www. mac­cles­field-tc.gov.uk – also sign­posts peo­ple to the ser­vices the town coun­cil can pro­vide.

It has been the re­sult of hard work from the coun­cil’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions strat­egy group, led by West and Ivy ward coun­cil­lor Adam Schofield.

Coun Schofield: “We have been work­ing on the site for sev­eral months now, mak­ing sure that we in­cluded com­mu­nity groups, coun­cil as­sets, al­lot­ments, de­tails on fu­ture coun­cil meet­ings, ap­ply­ing for a com­mu­nity grant and in­for­ma­tion on book­ing the Mayor to visit your or­gan­i­sa­tion or event.

“We re­ally wanted a site where all res­i­dents felt that they could air their con­cerns and sug­ges­tions on what the town coun­cil should be fo­cus­ing on.

Coun Neil Puttick, who helped cre­ate the web­site, said it is de­signed in­te­grate with all the things go­ing on in Mac­cles­field, as well as Cheshire East Coun­cil.

He said: “Firstly, we’re ask­ing peo­ple who run com­mu­nity groups, events and key parts of the town to con­tact us, as we are build­ing a list­ings and map of com­mu­nity ser­vices in the town.

“We want the site to build with the coun­cil as we get more pow­ers and more peo­ple get in­volved and we can add more sub­do­mains as new town coun­cil projects and ini­tia­tives go live.

“For the mo­ment, we need to get this ball rolling, but in the fu­ture we can use it to show­case more of Mac­cles­field.”

As part of the process, the town coun­cil is ask­ing for feed­back from users, par­tic­u­larly re­gard­ing us­abil­ity, func­tion­al­ity and how peo­ple get to the in­for­ma­tion they need.

Coun Puttick added: “Please con­tact us if you would like to test and give feed­back on the site, your com­ments will help shape it for the bet­ter.

“We will be reg­u­larly up­dat­ing our web­site blog and res­i­dents can get in­stant so­cial me­dia up­dates from meet­ings and events by fol­low­ing the town coun­cil on Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram.”

Coun Schofield said that the com­mu­ni­ca­tions strat­egy group’s next job is to be­gin de­vel­op­ing new ways of com­mu­ni­cat­ing with res­i­dents who don’t have in­ter­net ac­cess.

He said: “Their need for in­for­ma­tion is just as vi­tal as ev­ery­body else. We will be ad­dress­ing this with our next pro­ject.”

●● Coun­cil­lors Neil Puttick (left) and Adam Schofield with the new Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil web­site

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