App focussing on council services wins accolade
An app offering Aberdeenshire residents access to local information and services has been named Best Mobile App at the Holyrood Connect Awards.
Aberdeenshire Council’s ICT department, who developed the myAberdeenshire app, were delighted to receive the award at the event.
The awards recognise the achievements of Scotland’s leading public sector practitioners in developing innovative and creative solutions to public service challenges through using technology.
Councillor Jim Gifford, leader of Aberdeenshire Council and business services committee chairman, said: “Many congratulations to the council’s ICT department on creating a highly useful and easy to use app that allows residents to keep up-to-date with important local authority news on the move.
“It also is an easy way for the public to communicate directly with the council such as reporting road defects or missed bin collections as well as allowing people to carry out tasks such as paying for their children’s school meals at a touch of a button.”
MyAberdeenshire’s features include waste collection dates and the option of receiving reminders; notifications for planned and unplanned school closures; information about council services including local events, jobs, council news, library services, parking, council tax; view live feeds and archived video of council meetings; real-time tracking of gritters and live status of main gritting routes; access information about councillors and wards; and provide feedback directly to the council.
Business services committee vice-chairman, councillor Michael Roy said: “I am delighted that such a useful app has been given national recognition.
"Councils are very much moving into the digital age and this app demonstrates we are responding to and communicating with our residents and businesses in ways that suit them.”
Nicola Graham, Aberdeenshire Council’s ICT head of service, said: “We created the app in response to increasing demand from residents, for access to information and services where and when they needed it.
"It puts their information in their hands, so we called it myAberdeenshire.”
For more information or to download myAberdeenshire visit https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/my/