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Ducklington Parish Council connects services to residents through using OS OpenSpace maps

  • Everyone is familiar with Ordnance Survey maps. The site looks really good as a result, live and interactive – not bad for a small parish council.

    Peter Almgill

The challenge

Ducklington Parish Council has always struggled to demonstrate the facilities that are available to the residents in the area. They needed a means to communicate important events and incidents, such as road closures and planning applications, in a way that would be quickly and easily accessible to members of the community.

The solution

After investigating a number of potential solutions, Ducklington Parish Council found that Ordnance Survey maps could seamlessly be integrated with their news publications and articles throughout their website. By using OS OpenSpace, the residents of Ducklington now have access to the information they require at their fingertips.

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 Ordnance Survey map embedded into the website news post. ‘Time, money and effort are all at a premium when developing for parish councils; I strongly recommend using the plugin from Jon Lynch: it takes away all the hassle.

Peter Almgill, Parish Councillor and voluntary web developer

Through Web-Map Builder (a free and simple-to-use tool, which allows anyone with little or no web development skills to create customised maps), Ducklington Parish Council has been able to share a wealth of local information, which includes points of interest, local footpaths, conservation areas and parish boundaries. Ducklington Parish Council has 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.

Future development for Ducklington Parish Council will include a period of consolidation, to take advantage of some of the more recent features of the application programming interface (API), such as .gpx and .kml file integration into maps. This will be of particular interest when updating footpath information and local services. They are also looking at introducing a year-by-year view of the parish, encompassing events, articles, news, planning and more – which will all be plotted on the map.

To view some of the maps Ducklington Parish Council created, you can visit its website at: www.ducklingtonparishcouncil.gov.uk.

To get started with OS OpenSpace maps, visit the Ordnance Survey website at: www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/osopenspace.

The benefits

  • OS OpenSpace helps to illustrate local information in a familiar and easy-to-understand format.
  • The Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) and open mapping software has helped Ducklington Parish Council to provide accurate information to its residents.
  • There are online video walkthroughs and community forums. The forums are very helpful to answer any questions regarding OS OpenSpace.

The products used

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