Ducklington Parish Council connects its residents to a wealth of local information using OS OpenSpace.
Ducklington Parish Council had always struggled to explain to its residents the facilities which were available to them around the local area. By using OS OpenSpace residents now have access to a wealth of local information which includes planning applications, points of interest and local footpaths.
Communicating important events and road closures is now familiar and easily accessible because Ordnance Survey maps can be integrated within the parish’s news posts throughout their website.
Using Web-Map Builder, a free and simple to use tool allowing anyone with little or no web development skills to create custom maps, Ducklington have been able to show conservation areas, local footpaths and parish boundaries.
Everyone is familiar with the OS maps. The site looks really good as a result, live and interactive – not bad for a small Parish Council. – Peter Almgill
The council have also used OS OpenSpace to provide a detailed overview of local services and updates to buildings throughout the parish. The planning applications map, which showcases local applications across the parish, is keeping residents informed of changes to local homes and public buildings.
We are able to automate the plotting of parish specific information, for example District council planning applications, on an accurate, updated and familiar map.
Recent road closures for maintenance have been easy to communicate with an OS map embedded into the website news post. – Peter Almgill
Future development works for the council will include a period of consolidation, to take advantage of some of the newer features of the API such as .gpx and .kml file integration into maps. This will be of special interest when updating footpath information and local services. The council is also looking at introducing a year-by-year view of the parish (stories, news, planning etc…) all plotted on the map.
Time, money and effort are all at a premium when developing for Parish Councils, if you are using WordPress to run your site, I strongly recommend using the plugin from Jon Lynch, it takes away all the hassle and coding. It puts OS OpenSpace mapping within reach of all councils. – Peter Almgill
With video walkthroughs and our community forums always willing to answer questions, now is a great time to add OS OpenSpace to your parish or town council website. It helps illustrate locally focused information in an easy to understand and common format. To view some of the maps Ducklington Parish Council created, you can visit their website at http://www.ducklingtonparishcouncil.gov.uk/. To get started with OS OpenSpace maps visit our website.
Peter Almgill is a Parish Councillor and voluntary web developer at Ducklington Parish Council. Over the next few months we will be showcasing how councils are utilising the PSMA agreement and open mapping software to provide accurate information to their residents.