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Bath Spa University experts help parishes go online

Map of Bath
The project aims to help with better communication

Experts from a Bath university are helping parish councils use new digital maps to communicate with residents.

The scheme enables councils to mark up a map on their website, showing anything from the location of litter bins to crime hotspots.

The map can also be used for local events to indicate temporary car parking or preferred traffic routes.

Seven parish councils - Bathampton, Bathford, Combe Hay, Dunkerton, Hinton Charterhouse, Keynsham and Saltford - have signed up to the scheme with the help of Bath Spa University.

Staff and students from the university were involved in setting up the People's Map, a national project which allows councils to adapt and update a digital map of their own local area.

Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) Council is one of several local authorities across the UK already using the map.

The service is now being offered to local parishes through the Parish Online scheme.

Those who sign up will be able to "adopt" a student who can provide expert guidance on how to make the most of it.

Around 50 parish councillors from throughout the B&NES area recently attended a conference, hosted by the university, on how digital mapping can benefit the community.

Staff and students from the university have built a national reputation for their expertise in the subject.

In a three-year partnership with Getmapping, they also helped to create a digital 3D map of the whole of Britain.

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