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Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Win Award for Best Performing Authority

Posted: 22 October 2007

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council picked up the prestigious national award for âBest Performing Authority' at the 2007 Exemplar Awards held in Leicester last week.

The award recognises the efforts made in improving the quality of the authority's Local Street Gazetteer (LSG), the definitive directory of all local street information.

Listing over one million streets, the NSG is the composite street index for the whole of England and Wales and is used by local government and those organisations that work on or around highways, as the definitive reference for co-ordinating street works and managing the road network. This responsibility was designated under the New Roads and Street Works Act (1991) and will be strengthened by the implementation of the Traffic Management Act. The NSG makes this possible through linking local authorities' Local Street Gazetteers (LSGs) via a central hub, which validates the data in order to provide a single and definitive source of national street information for wider use.

Set up initially to improve highway maintenance, under the New Roads and Street Works Act, the NSG enables Utility companies and local councils to coordinate and know where and when to dig their holes. Under legislation, each highway authority is required to create and maintain its own local street gazetteer (LSG) and associated street data (ASD). This is then compiled into the only master index, the NSG, built to British Standard BS7666, for access by others via the NSG online hub. Intelligent Addressing manages this process on behalf of local government.

The process of building and maintaining Local Street Gazetteers is one that has little visibility outside an authority but it is one that is ongoing within all 172 Highways Authorities across Britain today.

The âBest Performing Authority' is awarded to the authority, which is best able to satisfy a number of different criteria and is a reflection of the efforts made by Southend-on-Sea in maintaining and improving its gazetteer. Commenting on Southend's win, Nick Turner the NSG custodian said, "Southend have submitted updates to the NSG hub on time, every month for the last 12 months, complete with a full set of associated street data and have met all the latest compliance health checks, an excellent performance all round and thoroughly deserving of the award."

The Exemplar Awards are run and sponsored by The Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) and Intelligent Addressing (IA)

22nd October 2007

Notes to Editors:


Required under the New Roads and Street Works Act, the National Street Gazetteer (NSG) is a comprehensive list of over 1 million named and un-named streets, footpaths and thoroughfares, the definitive source for anyone with an interest in streets and their usage. There are over 300 organisations, utilities such as gas, water and electricity, BT, plus cable and communications companies, named as âStatutory Undertakers' approved by the Department of Transport to download this data, which conforms to the BS7666:1-2000 Standard.

Intelligent Addressing is a specialist private sector consultancy (an SME) employing recognised experts in addressing. It was originally set up to help develop the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) on behalf of local government and now manages the NLPG and NSG central data hubs under the terms of the Mapping Services Agreement (MSA) with local government.

Intelligent Addressing contact:

Gayle Gander, Head of Marketing | 0207 747 3500 | E-mail: [email protected] | www.intelligent-addressing.co.uk, www.thensg.org.uk, www.nlpg.org.uk

Editorial enquiries and colour separation requests:

William Allbrook | T: 01666 826641 | F: 01666 824668

The Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) The IDeA works in partnership with all councils, to enhance the performance of the best, accelerate the speed of improvement of the rest, and develop the sector as a whole. IDeA has brokered the Mapping Services Agreement (MSA) with Intelligent Addressing to develop the NLPG and NSG, through the Local Government Information House (LGIH), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Agency.

Working in partnership with the local government community developing national infrastructure projects that enable councils to deliver local services more effectively, LGIH acts as an intermediary between the public and the private sector enabling it to negotiate with private companies on behalf of local authorities in order to provide key parts of a technical infrastructure for improved service delivery.

The NLPG is a joint venture between the Information House and Intelligent Addressing Limited.

IDeA contacts:

Steve Brandwood, Programme Manager | 020 7296 6615 | Email: [email protected] | www.idea.gov.uk

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