Scotland

Scottish council notices website goes online

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Public notices from across the country are being gathered together on a new website to keep Scotland informed.

The tellmescotland page will provide council information, with maps and listings of public notices by area. It is aimed at saving money but notices will still be placed in the press.

It will include road closures, planning or property developments, licensing details and other general notices.

Councils already have a similar website for job vacancies.

Earlier this year the Scottish government dropped plans to allow councils to withdraw public notices from newspapers in the face of parliamentary opposition.

Some publishers were anxious about the loss of advertising money, but many councils were disappointed.

The tellmescotland page will carry information from 14 councils in the first few months and it is hoped it will expand to cover all 32 local authorities.

President of council umbrella group Cosla Pat Watters said: "The Public Information Notices (Pins) Portal - tellmescotland - will be a valuable resource for the public, allowing them to access vital information at a time and place that is convenient for them.

"It also provides the opportunity to obtain extra information beyond the statutory requirements, which will enhance the public's knowledge of notices.

"The priority for the Pins Portal - tellmescotland - is to ensure that the public can access information in the most effective way possible and to ensure that councils and taxpayers get the best value for money."

The site is aimed at providing statutory and background information, and an archive of material and notifications by e-mail or SMS.

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