Over 50% council sites are defunct

The Return of ColmCille, 2013.
The Return of ColmCille, 2013.

Derry & Strabane Council are to take action after it emerged that over 50% of its websites, social media pages and platforms are no longer fit for purpose.

Some of the online resources are no longer even being managed by council officials, while a number of websites were continuing to incur hosting charges despite not being used.

Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Business and Culture Committee was advised on the issue at their meeting in Strabane on Thursday.

The unused digital resources were uncovered as part of a technical review.

The digital asset audit identified over 74 separate digital assets previously operated by Derry City Council and Strabane District Council.

The new council now intends to close down many of the sites and pages, which will help lead to an annual hosting and maintenance costs saving of £10,482.

This will also result in a saving- valued at £16,556- in terms of the annual time spent on staff and external consultants managing content on these digital assets.

Among the websites proposed for closure are City of Culture, Return of ColmCille, Discover Ulster Scots in the NW App.

SDLP Councillor John Boyle said that it had obviously been difficult to manage all the resources with a relatively small team of people.