Penarth Town Council has today launched a new and up-graded version of its internet website on https://www.penarthtowncouncil.gov.uk/
The site is still running as a beta-test – a preliminary version of the final product – so not all the bells and whistles are working yet. It appears to be a much slicker development of the previous one – but is designed to operate on iPhones and tablets as well as lap-tops and desk-tops .
The website was set-up by local web-development specialists Webjects who won the contract in an open tendering process and now has a number of new features including:-
- Online event submission for local groups and organisations
- Event system highlighting the range of events in the town with a “refined booking
- News and newsletter sign-up to inform residents about the work of the Council.
- A download system for council agendas and minutes, and “clearer information
about hiring council venues such as The Paget Rooms and The Kymin”.
The council says “It is hoped that the website will become a digital resource, not only for the local community, but for those interested in visiting the town. Emphasis has been placed on accessibility and following .gov.uk principles which aim to ensure clear, plain language, straightforward and clean design and full responsiveness, so the website functions well on all devices.”
Deputy Town Clerk, Keri Hutchings, said that “The Council is very excited to launch this new resource and we believe that it will lay the foundation stone for a new phase in the
way that we communicate with the public.
“We welcome feedback from early users so that we can begin the process of refining and responding and maintain a website that reflects the vibrancy of our town.”
Visitors to the new website are being encouraged to “submit feedback on their experience using the online form, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The site is still under development so there’s more work still to do. One feature missing from the new site is the set of charming vintage photographs of old Penarth which were not easy to find on the old site but well worth the trouble of tracking down.
Welsh speakers may notice there does not appear at first glance to be much material in the “language of Heaven” on the new site as yet – a few agendas and a couple of policy statements and that’s about it .
The council however says readers can translate the website into Welsh by clicking the ‘Translate’ button on the bottom right hand corner of the screen and then selecting the button with the Welsh dragon flag which appears there.