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Volunteers get website back into action

Archived Mar 2016

VOLUNTEERS from an award-winning community website have rebuilt and relaunched Lochgelly Community Council’s website in a donation worth £860

Loch of Shining Waters, which has run a community website and blog for Lochgelly since 2010, has come to the rescue of Lochgelly Community Council after its website disappeared in January 2016.

A councillor admitted to accidentally deleting the website but the community council has proven unable to restore it and get back online.

Volunteers at Shining Waters reconstructed the community council website from archival files and purchased a new domain name and web-hosting. This represents an in-kind donation of £860.

Shining Waters has promised to fund the web-hosting and domain name annually (£110 pa) as well as offering community councillors free one-to-one training on how to update their site.

Shining Waters board member, and former community council member, James Glen said: “Many people were very disappointed when the community council website, which had only been up and running for 10 months, suddenly vanished.

“The thousands of people who regularly visit the Shining Waters website show that people in Lochgelly value having immediate access to local information on their mobiles or computers.

“Lochgelly Community Council is not alone among community councils in finding it difficult to get the public to come along to meetings and stand as members. It is not realistic to expect people in the 21st century to go to the local library to look up minutes to find out what their councils are doing.

“Studies have shown that an active web presence is indispensable for any council which wants to engage its residents.”

He added: “We know how soul-destroying it is to lose lots of work on a computer through accidentally pressing the wrong key, which is why we felt compelled to come to the community council’s rescue.

“We also realise that community council members may struggle with the IT skills required to maintain a web site, which is why we’ve offered one-to-one training. We specialise in online services and have helped many numerous local community groups in Lochgelly and beyond get online over the years.”

The website can be accessed at www.lochgellycommunitycouncil.org.uk and Lochgelly Community Council meets every second Wednesday of every month at the 385 Club, in David Street.

This week the community council thanked LoSW for the gesture but stressed that their website was being looked after by Fife Direct.

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