A regional publisher has launched a new online platform for public notices placed by local councils.
Newsquest has unveiled the initiative, which has been introduced on 160 of its newspaper companion websites across the country.
Features of the platform include a hyperlocal search, which allows readers to search by distance and local authority, and the ability to set up email alerts for notices relevant to their area.
Dedicated pages for different local authorities are also included, along with a social media sharing tool which allows readers to share, comment, write to their MP or council for each notice.
Henry Faure Walker, Newsquest chief executive, said: “In order to make sure the public is kept properly informed it’s essential that local councils and government bodies continue to use their local newspaper to advertise their notices in print and online.
“Our local news websites now regularly reach over 70pc to 80pc of the population of their local towns and cities.
“There is no media platform with this scale of local audience penetration and no better place for local authorities to communicate with their local residents.
“Local councils squirrelling important notices away in a dark corner of their own websites is not a viable alternative.”