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Thursday, 23 May, 2002, 08:53 GMT 09:53 UK
Council website scoops top award
Wrexham council website
The site has been named the best in Wales
A north Wales council is celebrating after receiving an award from cyber space.

Wrexham County Borough Council's website has been named the best local government portal in Wales for the second year running.


This is wonderful news for Wrexham council and a tremendous achievement by our website team

Shan Wilkinson Council Leader

The site had been picked out by the Society of Information Technology Managers (SOCITM) who surveyed council websites across the UK.

The internet sites shortlisted had to meet strict criteria which included information for young and older people, those moving house and information for businesses.

Leader of the local authority Shan Wilkinson said: "This is wonderful news for Wrexham council and a tremendous achievement by our website team.

"The award is highly coveted throughout the UK, to win it for the second year running is a sign that our site continues to improve its range of services online."

Wrexham council building
Wrexham council are celebrating the award

The bilingual site was also recognised for providing information in an accessible way for users who may be visually impaired.

Over 20,000 visitors access the successful site every month.

Facilities offered online include changing addresses, contacting local councillors as well as finding out about council tax.

Businesses can find out the opportunities available for investment in the area and information relating to the workforce available to them.

Site development

Ms Wilkinson added: "Our aim is to provide residents with access to our services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

There are plans to develop the site even further.

Dave Hylands, Wrexham council's chief information systems officer said: "We are developing the website continually and are now looking at more ways to allow the public access to our services online.

"We want users to be able to request services, pay bills and find information."


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