Local Government on the World Wide Web, a report by Internet consultants Centreline 2000, found that 11 out of 41 sites surveyed were bad enough to perform 'their owing authority a complete disservice' and should be disconnected from the Internet until they improve.
The report discovered that most sites failed to promote any economic development, deliver any useful information or provide any feedback capability.
Many sites were 'dull, unfinished and untended', with the worst case being a two page site which had been 'under construction' for two years.
In the case of Newcastle, the council reported significant activity at their web site from Siemens and Philips in Germany - just before both announced major new manufacturing facilities in the city.
Further extracts from the report are available on request from LGCNet. Tel 0171 833 7324/5