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Kent wins national award

Posted: 10 October 2006

Kent County Highways has received national recognition for work with District Councils, in creating a centralised street directory.
The 2006 Exemplar award for âBest Integration' acknowledges the work of Kent in creating, maintaining and sharing up to date and accurate road information in order to reduce costs and improve the delivery of services to residents. Kent County manages over 4 million pieces of road related information each year and by working closely with each of the District Councils has achieved a 30% cost saving, money that is being used to fund further improvements to this essential source of information.
Street names, numbers and other information relating to their condition, location or physical attributes are a building block for many Council provided services and information; for example maintaining street lighting or granting permission for road works. With responsibilities for services mixed between the County and Districts it was essential that all parties used the same information. By integrating information from over 30 sources into one central system and implementing a number of District led âBest Practice' procedures the Councils, and other interested parties, can access a centralised street directory that is accurate and up to date.
"The partnership between the County and Districts clearly demonstrates the advantages of working together," said Michael Nicholson, Managing Director of Intelligent Addressing, organisers of the awards. "Not only have the Councils made significant savings by centralising their road information they have also improved both the service delivery to and communication with, residents throughout the county. "
The work undertaken by Kent Highways on its road information (Local Street Gazetteer) forms part of a national initiative to improve efficiency and service delivery. The Council's street records link to a nationwide database called the National Street Gazetteer (NSG) that allows public authorities to freely share information across government departments, utility companies and emergency services for example.
The Exemplar awards acknowledge the effort, commitment and achievements of Local Authorities in creating, sharing and using accurate council information such as property databases and street gazetteers. The 2006 NLPG / NSG Exemplar awards, organised by Intelligent Addressing and supported by the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), received a record number of entries and the presentation ceremony took place at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Manchester on the 10th October.
10 October 2006
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