Best in the east

South Norfolk Council's website has been rated the best in the east and among the top 20 in England.

South Norfolk Council's website has been rated the best in the east and among the top 20 in England.

The news came in the Society of IT Managers (Socitm) annual report called Better Connected 2009, which compared all council websites and websites of other government organisations.

The society tests how well a website handles common inquiries and situations from the public. The results are based on what they found in November and December last year and are set out in a 188 page report.

Council leader John Fuller said: 'Once again we are among the best councils in the country for our services to the public. These managers are our local government peers and they don't suffer fools gladly. They say our site, which had 1.1m hits last year, is attractive, useful, a pleasure to use and the best in the region.'


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Last month there were 82,214 hits on the site - a hit every 30 seconds.

The planning online service remains firmly top of the top ten pages visited. The latest figure, for December 2008, showed 9,291 hits - about 11per cent of the total.

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The top 20 sites in England identified by the Society in alphabetical order are: Allerdale, Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Bristol City, East Sussex, Haringey, Kirklees, Lewisham, Lincoln City, North East Derbyshire, Salford City, South Derbyshire, South Norfolk, South Oxfordshire, South Tyneside, Surrey, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Walsall, Windsor and Maidenhead.

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