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WINCHESTER BECOMES THE FIRST WIRED TOWN PAGES COMMUNITY

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Hampshire CC is to be the first to benefit from a new service ...
Hampshire CC is to be the first to benefit from a new service

launched by Town Pages, the business and community new media information provider. The Town Pages service will deliver a host of locally based information and services via the Internet, Internet TV and touch screen kiosks in key city centre locations.

The Town Pages site is linked to the council site and will also be accessible through the kiosks. In addition, the Community Pages on Town Pages are presented in association with the council. These will give Winchester residents access to information on general practitioners, the national health service, education,

churches and societies.

The local community will soon also be able to:

- Contact local councillors directly about leaking pipes or refuse collection

- Make entries in the community diary to let other people know about events which they are organising

- Post messages on electronic pinboards

- Find their nearest florist, plumber, solicitor........

- Explore the entertainment pages to see what's on at the local cinema or theatre

- Discover their dream homes, whether buying or renting, through the property

Andrew Lyndon-Skeggs, Town Pages, managing director, said:

'By working closely with councils and other authorities, and with the

benefit of new media such as the Internet and touch-screen kiosks, we

can assist councils in providing huge quantities of highly useful

business and community information. Furthermore, by providing a means

for people to post messages to tell one another about local events, we

can help to generate a greater sense of community in towns and cities

across the country.'

The Winchester launch is only the beginning, Town Pages has strategic

expansion plans to establish a nationwide presence by the year 2000.

Mr Lyndon-Skeggs continued:

'Through Town Pages, councils will be able to reach a wide range of

audiences from the local community to tourists and businesses, with

easily accessible information. Our pilot projects in Hampshire were

successful in attracting investment, helping local businesses grow

through their presence on the Internet, and bringing visitors to the

area.'

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