Local councils need to understand the geographical area their council covers. From neighbourhood plans to tree maintenance to finding where their assets are located, mapping should be an integral part for any successful council.
Until fairly recently, most local councils relied on their second tier councils to provide mapping support. However, the tools for managing maps and geographic information are getting much cheaper and easier to use and we are encouraging local councils to use them.
With this in mind, National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has formed a partnership with Parish Online and Pear Technology who both provide affordable mapping software and training, specifically designed for local councils. The partnership aims to guide local councils through the process of using digital maps and promote the benefits digital mapping can have for them.
The partnership will also publish guidance to highlight how local councils can access software for mapping and how local councils can use mapping to better organise themselves.
NALC is expecting to launch the guide in Spring 2018.