Parish Online News - September Edition

Parish Online News - September Edition


Preparing for the Halloween Season


With Halloween fast approaching, you may be planning spooky events for your community area.

Digital mapping can serve as the perfect planning tool. Why not use Parish Online to:

1. Specify event locations
2. Allocate car parks
3. Plan assembly areas for safety vehicles
4. Prepare access/egress routes for emergency and local authority vehicles
5. Plot where stalls will be situated
6. Manage the event safely, bearing in mind potential COVID restrictions


Need that little bit of extra help?


Getting to grips with digital mapping can be at times overwhelming, that's why we've partnered with Chagos Consulting who can provide one-to-one Parish Online training.

Meet Graham from Chagos Consulting. As a Parish Councillor and a keen user of Parish Online, he can provide real-world examples and advise you on how to make the most of digital mapping.

Graham provides the following services;
1. Training for you and your team. Get a friendly helping hand to walk you through the basics of Parish Online. Before you know it, you'll be an expert user!
2. Building your Asset Register. Need help getting the things you own into Parish Online? Graham will help with that initial loading of the data then teach you how to keep it up-to-date.
3. Troubleshooting and Consultancy. Whether you're wondering what to do with Parish Online after your neighbourhood plan, or have a specific project you need help with, ask Graham to guide you through it.


Barnham and Eastergate Create their Neighbourhood Plan


“We would recommend Parish Online to every local council. We've saved so much time and have been able to use several tools within the software to help out our Parish."

Originally Barnham and Eastergate used Parish Online mainly to produce maps for inclusion in parish documents. However when it came to revising their neighbourhood plan during 2020/21 they used the new facilities available in the product to produce interactive maps for the public to be able to fully see and understand the issues being discussed.


National Map Structure Change


We've updated the National Map structure in Parish Online to make the collections clearer.

When you next login to Parish Online, you'll notice that Allotments and Cemeteries are now in separate collections.

When you hover over the layers and collections, a brief description will pop-up describing that layer in more detail.

If you have any suggestions on new fields, send us an email.


GIS Data Update


West Berkshire County Council is now sharing:

1. Aldermaston DEPZ (Detailed Emergency Planning Zone)
2. HELAA Sites - Deliverable (Years 1-5)
3. HELAA Sites - Deliverable in part (Years 1-5)
4. HELAA Sites - Developable in part (Years 6-10, 11-15)
5. HELAA Sites - Not developable within the next 15 years
6. HELAA Sites - Potentially developable
7. HELAA Sites - Potentially developable in part
8. Public Rights of Way
9. Tree Preservation Orders.

It's free and easy for your principal local authority to share data into Parish Online. It benefits all parishes in your area allowing you to self-serve, and the council receive less enquiries from you! Ask them to share their GIS data to Parish Online today. Copy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. into the email you send and we can support the conversation with them.


This Month's FAQ


Q. How many users can we have?
A. You can add as many users as you'd like. User accounts allow a clerk to share responsibilities with councillors, neighbourhood plan groups, volunteers or consultants.
Accounts can be set to limit the user's ability to view and edit data. This ensures that data can only be edited by chosen users. User accounts can't be shared with the public, but if there's information that you want the public to be able to view, use the Public Map Tool.

For more information on how to do this, click here.


Discount Reminder


A reminder of our current active discount codes:

- Avon ALC Discount: (expires 1st Nov): avonalc20
- Buckinghamshire ALC Discount (expires 1st Nov): bucksalc20
- Cambridgeshire & Peterborough ALC Discount (expires 1st Dec): capalc20

Please note, to qualify for these discounts your council needs to be a new subscriber and a member of your regional ALC.


If there's anything you need from us, please raise a support ticket.

Many thanks,

The Parish Online team


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