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Scotland works notices moving online

Advanced notice of upcoming construction and maintenance works in Scotland will now only have to be advertised online, as part of cost-cutting measures.

The Government said that putting notices of planning applications and road closures on a local government portal, instead of in newspapers, will save millions of pounds.

Public information notices from across Scotland will be published on the portal, with users able to click on a map to see information from their area.

Other information will include statutory notices about construction and licensing, and public notices such as changes to refuse collection.

Finance Secretary John Swinney said: “Public bodies must provide the best value for money. Councils have collectively identified a need to cut spending on public notices which they are legally required to advertise and pay for, costing around £6 million a year.

“The changes we are consulting on will mean councils can use a new public information notice portal instead of advertising in local papers. The new portal will provide more cost-effective public information and a means to improve communication and dialogue with the public.”

He added: “While it will be up to councils to decide the best mix of advertising to use in their area, I would expect to see immediate savings.

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