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26 October 2011, 15:21
Two new phone apps have been created to give people in Aylesbury more information on recycling and council meetings.
The refuse app by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) is Android and Apple versions and lets people check when and where to put their bins out.
AVDC chose the service after web statistics showed that almost 20 per cent of users of the council's website visited the refuse and recycling pages.
The app for council meetings is currently available for Android, with plans for an Apple version to be developed soon. It includes a calendar of meetings and access to view all public documents associated with a committee meeting.
The council discovered through Google Analytics that about 6,000 people were accessing their website through mobile phones every month - and reckon investing in technology will widen access to their services.
Councillor Phil Yerby, Cabinet Member for Corporate Issues, said:
"This is a really exciting development for us and is a modern and innovative way for people who lead busy lives to get the information they need, when they need it. We live in a fast-paced world these days and the expectation is now for people to find what they are looking for straight away. I am delighted that these apps will enable this to happen."
The refuse and recycling app is available to download for free from Apple and Android now. Go to AVDC bins in the marketplace.
The committees app is only available on Android at the moment. You can download it for free by searching AVDC committees in the Android marketplace.
QR codes for the apps are also available on the council’s website at www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk