Don’t get caught cold this winter 

08/11/10

This winter Bolton residents will be able to get the latest information on council services affected by adverse weather conditions through Twitter.

The council’s feed on the social networking site currently has 550 followers, all of whom will be able to find out up-to-the-minute information on what roads are gritted, what schools are open, and whether their bin collections are affected in the event of bad weather.

Information available through the feed will also encompass: any changes to social care arrangements; whether council buildings such as libraries need to be shut; and whether any car parks are closed.

Currently, the Twitter page gives an array of information to followers, from latest council news and events to last minute alerts.

The special winter alerts will be delivered alongside the usual council tweets through the same feed, and will enable residents and visitors to the town to find out if there are certain routes best avoided or whether their child’s school has to close while they are on the move.

Information will still appear on the council’s website and through all local media channels, but Twitter will enable followers to find snippets of information that affect their days at their finger tips.

Using Twitter means that residents and visitors will be able to alert the council with information on roads or any other services in their area of the borough that are affected by adverse weather conditions, with the council then able to re-tweet this information to the rest of its followers.

Councillor Linda Thomas, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Corporate Resources, said: “While we are hopeful that we won’t see a repeat of last year’s weather conditions it is crucial that the public are able to get information on key council services as quickly as possible, and the council’s Twitter feed will help to do that.

“Should we experience snow or extremely cold weather, I would advise residents or anyone visiting Bolton to make sure they are signed up to the Twitter feed to get the latest on the issues that will affect their daily lives this winter.”

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