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Looking to find places in the county on an old school map? Well maybe you should throw away your A-Z, because a new mobile phone ‘app’ aims to cover the whole keyboard - and the Gazette has helped to create it.

The Notice Herts app has been created jointly by Hertfordshire councils, technology companies, and charities.

And it provides convenient access to information about local planning, transport and licencing applications, along with events and places to visit in the local area, and recommended traders.

In a recent focus group with Hertfordshire residents, less than a fifth of them said they currently access public notices, yet over four out of five people admitted to being interested in these developments happening in their local area.

Robert Smyth, assistant director at Dacorum Borough Council, said: “How people consume information has radically changed with new technology and this app is a great example of mobile apps can be used to help us engage with communities about the issues that affect them.

“We will learn a lot from this pilot project which will help us with our plans to deliver more online services in the future.”

Notice Herts covers Hertfordshire County Council and the districts of Dacorum, Three Rivers, East Herts and Watford.

The app features:

•Notices of planning applications, road changes and licensing applications (sex and alcohol establishments) based on geographical location;

•Local events and places of interest locally; and

•Approved local tradespeople.

‘Notice Herts’ is available on Android and iOS, from Google Play or the App Store.

An online survey is open until September looking for feedback about the app.

Take part at www.dacorum.gov.uk/consultation