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Local news publishers including Reach plc announce full launch of Public Notices Portal


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The local news media sector has announced the full launch of the Public Notice Portal – an initiative from the publishing industry to further promote public notices to communities and enhance local democracy by harnessing the sector’s massive online audiences.

The portal , which went live with a soft launch last September, is backed by local publishers in membership of the News Media Association which include Reach plc, publisher of Hull Live and Grimsby Live websites and the Hull Daily Mail and Grimsby Telegraph in print. Others are expected to come on board imminently, further strengthening the coverage of public notices across the UK.

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The site now displays more than 10,000 live notices at any given time with an average of 2,500 public notices now being added by local publishers every week. The portal has been developed by the local news media industry – including Reach plc, which built the website – with £1 million from the Google News Initiative.

Public notices are surfaced on the main pages of local news websites, further enhancing people’s access to and understanding of important information about planning, construction, transport links, roadworks, and licensing changes in their local area.

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The portal is fully searchable by postcode, type of notice, and – in addition to operating as a standalone site – delivers notifications for users who have signed up to receive alerts about particular types of notices, or notices relating to a specific geographic area.

Celebrating the launch in Parliament on Monday, Media Minister Sir John Whittingdale MP said: “Newspapers remain a vital source of trusted information about local government decision making, including through the delivery of public notices.

“The Public Notice Portal is an excellent example of innovation from our local news sector which will support local democracy by boosting online visibility of this essential information.

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