Carl has an interesting post about the “perfect council website”, in which he asks:
How can you explain to politicians that nobody cares about them on the website?
I’d say that if Lewisham’s website is anything to go by, then surely most of the politicians know that the council’s already come to that conclusion.
The answer is surely to tell them to get out there and make their own websites that do interest the public.
But, and here’s the rub, councils then ought to do much more to promote what their politicians are saying and doing. That’s not just what the executive are about, but what the scrutiny committes are up to, what councillors do in their wards, and the debates that happen in council.
It’s up to the councillors to provide decent content, but the council should be able to find ways of drawing attention to what they’re about.