@IanAxton We hope to use social media to engage people in local politics by hosting a livestream hustings for the County council elections
This coming July we will be marking 10 years since the Shaftesbury Town website was first launched, and in preparation for this aniversary have produced a new and revamped site that better reflects our town's developing needs. Its original purpose was to provide an easy & comprehensive source of local information for residents and tourists alike, without wasting a penny of public money, and a decade on it is still staying true to this goal.
However the bulk of the old site was centred around our discussion forum section which has largely been replaced by the evolution of social media, so in its place there will now be a greatly expanded news & events section along with improvements to the directory of local businesses and community groups.
Originally the business section was only open to firms based directly in Shaftesbury, however after much consideration, this has now been expanded to allow any business within 7 ½ miles to be listed, an area that includes most of the neighbouring towns & villages.
Along with the revamped directory, there is now a new history section where we hope to build an online archive of the rich historical heritage of Shaftesbury. The first project of this section will be an effort to build a database of Shaftesbury's war dead allowing future generations to get background information on the names that appear on the town's monuments.
The new design also brings with it mobile and tablet friendly responsive design, reflecting the fact that more than half our traffic now comes from portable devices, something we hope to continue to improve upon in the future. Along with much closer integration with our very popular facebook page.
We look forward to continuing to provide the best free online resource for Shaftesbury, and if you have any ideas, comments or spot the odd mistake here and there please let us know by commenting below or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org