Notts County Council spends thousands on new app and no one knows when it will be finished
A new app for mobile phones which will allow people to report potholes, find out school opening times and access a host of other council services is on the way.
The free app, known as MyNotts, is currently under development by the Conservative-led Nottinghamshire County Council.
It is predicted to cost £90,900 this year, some of which is being spent with a private app development company.
Next year, the council expects to spend £47,000, and then £41,000 in future years to run the app.
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It will be rolled out in two phases, with the first being a more basic app, and the second including personalisation, reporting functions, connections with other Notts public services and local news sites.
A council report on the issue said: “The aim of the MyNotts app is to make it easier and improve engagement and access to council information, services and wider Nottinghamshire organisations.
“In reviewing processes and considering technological and automated developments, consideration will be given to the needs and abilities of all residents to access services to ensure that any approaches developed do not disadvantage groups.”
However some frustration was voiced by councillors over how long the scheme was taking.
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The work on the app was first started in September 2017. It is not yet known exactly when the app launched.