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The MyTown Project started in 2011 and was a reponse to the problems facing small councils in the UK. Often the community would debate issues online on facebook or twitter or in pubs and gathering areas, but the local council was often excluded from the dialog. We realised that we needed to integrate the new ways of communicating into the fabric of local democracy.

The MyTown Project integrates all the modern social media and document management offerings into one place and provides affordable web sites and online services for the smallest of communities.

Parish Council Websites

The MyTown Project

Making Web Services Affordable for the smallest village.

There have been website providers who have hosted Parish Council websites before. However we noticed that there was little integration with social networks and little help for the clerks to perform their duties.

So we decided to fix that, not for one or two councils but for all of them in England and Wales. All 11,000 of them!

We used the power of the cloud and a powerful multi-tenant CMS written using Microsoft .Net to extend the power of internet and social media tools to very small government entities. Wave 365 hosts 11,000 distinct Parish and Community areas in England Scotland and Wales. These web sites provide services for very small local government entities that would otherwise be excluded from the world of IT and the cloud.

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Population based charging

The spirit of cloud computing means a simple utility price. Bigger councils need more resources so pay more, smaller councils need much less. Using an Innovative charging model, based on population size, even a small hamlet can have a web presence.

Charges start at only 10p per inhabitant per year.

Mobile Ready

Sites are immediately accesible from iPads and mobile devices.

Councilors can attend meetings with everything they need on the iPad optimized MyTown Forum™ service.

Full Integration

  • Posts automatically appear on FaceBook and are summarized as Tweets.
  • With DropBox integration, publishing documents for public access is simple, just copy files to a folder and we do the rest.
  • Emergency information such as floods, snow and other weather problems is broadcast via SMS, Twitter, FaceBook and email lists.

Document Scanning Support

Scanned documents saved to DropBox are automatically saved as indexed and searchable PDF files.

Everything local

Using Open Data from the Government and our Partners Elgin 11,000 communities can be explored. Also every post allows moderated comments from the public. This brings local discussion into the context of the Parish or Community council like never before.

Check on road closures and explore open data from the census in england and wales - even make comments on the data. Check meeting agendas document libraries and minutes - for example Cubert Cornwall

Community Engagement

Every item posted or located on the community site is URL addressable and can be commented on by the public. Wave 365™ moderates all the comments so that Parish and Community Councilors have one place to go to gauge public opinion. In the past communities have discussed issues separate from their local councils. Now with The MyTown Project™ we increase public participation in the democratic process in Britain.