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National E-Planning Poll

30 May 2003

Wandsworth Council has commissioned research into the eGovernment activities of 400 UK local authorities as part of a national project into online planning-related services.

Data from the survey, conducted by MORI, will be used to provide a road-map for the £4.5 million Planning and Regulatory Services Online (PARSOL) project, which has four streams being led by Wandsworth, Salisbury District Council and the Welland Partnership. Initial results will be available in July.

Wandsworth borough planner Ian Thompson, PARSOL project chairman, commented: "Our job is to make online services take off throughout the country. To do this we need a clear picture of what councils are doing at the moment and what systems they are using.

"We will be working with ICT providers to ensure that a range of cost-effective hardware and software solutions are available which can be used by all the agencies involved.  The survey will help us pilot the back office systems that have to be developed if the project's aims are to be achieved.

"By cutting a clear path through what is currently a maze of building and planning-related services we will have made huge step forward in making government more accessible."

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