Hazlemere Parish Council

I was invited to tender for the project of redesigning and redeveloping the Hazlemere Parish Council website last year. The Council had many feature requests, and also wanted the ability to maintain and update the website themselves.

Some of their requirements were:

  • Establish branding, using the Parish Council's 'Chain of Office' as a guide
  • Ensure domain registration and hosting were under their name and ownership
  • Easy management of Council meeting dates, minutes, end of year accounts and news items
  • An interactive map showing Parish boundaries, Council assets and land
  • Councillor information and contact details
  • Easy management of Council policies and documents
  • A searchable directory of local affiliated clubs and societies
  • Contact details and directions for Council offices
  • Live weather and travel information
  • A text size adjuster and a high contrast colour option for the visually impaired
  • A user manual for the Content Management System with training session
  • Fully responsive and mobile-friendly, with support for internet explorer 8+
  • Full on-going technical support

Built by Jay won the pitch thanks to a thorough and convincing RFI. Working alongside a Council-appointed Project Manager, the website was designed and delivered within a 6 week timeframe, and has recently undergone a minor facelift to further improve the readability and design.

The website has been built upon the Concrete5 Content Management System and uses a customised version of the Bootstrap CSS framework for the front-end. All of the functionality requirements have been met and the website is now under the full control of the Parish Council staff, who keep it updated with fresh content. I remain only a phone call or email away for any support requests or questions!

The website has won praise from Councillors and Parishioners alike, and also from members of CPALC – an organisation encompassing all Parish Councils in the country.

Technologies used:

  • Concrete5
  • Bootstrap CSS Framework
  • LESS
  • Gulp.js
  • Modernizr
  • Google Maps API
  • Yahoo! Weather API
  • Photoshop

The site is fully responsive and is compatible with IE8+.

Launch the Hazlemere Parish Council Website