Bramcote Today has passed a major milstone with 50,000 views on the site.
We launched at the Bramcote Community Action Team Meeting in March 2011 with support from Broxtowe Borough Council and Stan Heptinstall following initial training just over a year ago in January 2011 by Talk About Local. Since launch, we have provided a forum for news and discussion on items from local politicians, Broxtowe Borough Council, the Police and from residents themselves. We have developed beyond the overtly political by providing information on local clubs and societies including a diary, what’s on at the Memorial Hall, and timetables for local bus services.
Our busiest day was 6 May 2011 when nearly 600 people viewed the site to get the local election results. Our busiest month was January 2012 with over 5500 views, the major topics being Field Farm development and the efficacy of the A52 improvement work. On the site are over 400 posts which have attracted over 320 comments.
The major issues we have covered in the past year are Bargain Buses, local elections, accidents on Hillside Road, Town Street closure, A52 improvements, Field Farm development and proposals for Bramcote Hills Golf Course. This may seem very political but you should also note that the top views on the site after the Home Page are Photos, the Memorial Hall and the Diary.
We also ran a schools art competition at the end of the summer term in 2011. Judged by our MP, Anna Soubry, Councillor Stan Heptinstall, and art student Abi Sambells, this was a great success and brought a lot of visitors to the site. We hope to do something similar in the coming year.
Talk About Local follow the sites that they help start. Sarah Hartley writes: “Here at Talk About Local we’re all delighted to see Bramcote Today reach this milestone – but not surprised. The site’s very quickly found its place thanks to the hard work of those involved and the fact that they’re in tune with the concerns of the local community, not just with regular news updates, but important local conversations such as the work holding a local bus company to account. Congratulations to all involved – next stop 100,000!”.
So where will we go now? We will continue to publish material as we have done in the past year. We are keen to widen the content on our site so it will appeal to as broad a cross-section as possible of the entire Bramcote community. If you have any thoughts on new content, please email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Talk About Local at http://talkaboutlocal.org.uk/
Broxtowe Borough Council Community Action Teams at http://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4473