Barnet Council is trialling a new online tool, Geovey, to give residents, visitors and businesses the opportunity to have their say on improvements and facilities in their area.
The tool allows users to explore local areas on an online map, make comments on current suggestions and vote using a ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’. The tool also allows users to propose new sites or facilities by dragging and dropping a pin onto a location.
As well as voting, the tool enables conversations between neighbours and communities as users are able to comment on each other’s proposals.
There are currently two topics that users can contribute to: the provision of cycle parking across the borough, and improvements to Montrose Playing Fields and Silkstream Park.
Council officers will capture the feedback from Geovey to help make decisions about the types of improvements and facilities that neighbourhoods want.
Councillor Dean Cohen, Chairman of Barnet Council’s Environment Committee, said: “We are constantly looking for new ways to improve our services and offer better ways of engaging with residents.
I am looking forward to seeing the feedback we receive through Geovey, and I would really encourage those that live or work in the borough to get involved.”
To access Geovey, visit barnet.geovey.org. The tool will be trialled until autumn 2017, with further topics to be added as the trial continues.