At the annual GeoPlace conference, which took on place May 9th, Jesse Norman MP, Minister of State for the Department for Transport, introduced a new, free-of-charge service called findmystreet.co.uk'.
Funded by the Local Government Association (LGA) and built by GeoPlace LLP the joint partnership between the LGA and Ordnance Survey the new findmystreet.co.uk website will help people to understand more about the road network in England and Wales: where a street is, what its official name is in the National Street Gazetteer (NSG), and who is responsible for its maintenance.
The purpose of the website is to support the Deregulation Act (2015), protecting Public Rights of Way (PRoW) from being extinguished. It will also help reduce the burden on local highway authorities creating a list of streets under the Highways Act 1980 Section 36(6).
The findmystreet.co.uk website makes this local authority street management data available to the general public for the first time enabling anyone to view the official status of a street and if it is or is not publicly maintainable.
The National Street Gazetteer (NSG) is the most authoritative source of information about streets in England and Wales. Compiled by the combination of the 173 local highway authority Local Street Gazetteers (LSG), it is created to coordinate works on the street and help minimise the number of times they are dug up by utility companies, statutory undertakers and highway authorities. It holds details of every street in England and Wales.
The Department for Transport uses this same local highways authority street data to underpin its key datasets (such as traffic, congestion, road length, road safety and journey statistics). The data curated by GeoPlace, and its partners, forms an important part of the OS MasterMap Highways Network product, and is formative in supporting policy decisions at national and local levels.
Nick Chapallaz, Managing Director of GeoPlace said: "This new service has been funded by the LGA and provides easy, free access to view a wealth of authoritative and up-to-date information about street and road data in England and Wales. The details in the National Street Gazetteer are essential data, already used by hundreds of businesses, and we hope this new public view of the NSG will stimulate interest from a wide cross-section of people interested in the streets in their area."
"Our work delivers the data that leads to a better quality of life, greater profitability, and increased productivity for all. It's the location information necessary to underpin the UK's digital economy and to transform our public services with confidence. Everyone can benefit from the power of location data."
A photograph of Jesse Norman MP at the conference be downloaded from here.
The Findmystreet servcie is available at https://www.findmystreet.co.uk/
GeoPlace LLP is a public sector limited liability partnership between the Local Government Association and Ordnance Survey.
GeoPlace is a world class expert in address and street information management, working internationally as well as in the UK to help our partners and customers maximise the value of their spatial information for better decision making.
GeoPlace maintains a national infrastructure that supports the address and street information needs of the public and private sectors. Its work relies heavily on close working relationships with every local authority in England and Wales. This relationship has been developed over 15 years, to build the National Address Gazetteer infrastructure and National Street Gazetteer. Ordnance Survey develops the range of AddressBase products from the National Address Gazetteer and OS MasterMap Highways Network from the National Street Gazetteer. Both datasets underpin efficient and effective services, bringing direct service delivery benefits to users.