Council staff who maintain street information for thousands of roads across the region have won a prestigious honour.
At the GeoPlace Exemplar Awards, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Digital Services were celebrated with the award for “Best Street Data in Wales Region”.
Judges said the council won this award in recognition of its outstanding management of the Street information database. They added that the Best in Region Award is highly coveted, due to the sheer number of excellent performing authorities.
Caerphilly County Borough Council can be extremely proud of receiving the award, which is a true testament to the hard work and skill that goes into maintaining a constantly-changing set of data.
Although the award is for the entire council, it is Senior IT Officer Kath Sprackling-Jones, the Local Street Gazetteer Custodian, who works on the Street gazetter – a detailed geographical index.
The award was announced in a special online video ceremony, which was held instead of the usual GeoPlace annual event, on April 29. At the same ceremony, Caerphilly County Borough Council picked up the Gold Performance Award for Street Data.
In announcing the Award, Jonathan Bates, National Street Data Manager said “Caerphilly County Borough Council has achieved the highest standard of street information data management in Wales region which deserves recognition on a national stage. Achieving this level demonstrates excellence and commitment to a process that brings local and national benefits.”
High quality street information has never been more important, when authorities are responsible for managing flow of traffic on and use of the network. Street data feeds into the Address Gazetteer as well as being used for Highway maintenance purposes and to coordinate street works.
During the current situation with Covid-19, organisations need to have complete confidence in the roads and streets network and roadworks need to be managed efficiently using accurate street information.
Cllr Eluned Stenner, Cabinet Member for Finance, Performance and Planning, said: “At a time like this, it is imperative that Caerphilly County Borough Council can locate vulnerable members of the community and link them with essential services. The ‘Best Street Data in Wales Region’ award shows that the authority is leading the way with maintaining this information and the entire team should be proud.”