IW Council Tells Everyone That iWight Website Did Well. But Did It?

January 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

It’s with more than a little surprise that VentnorBlog received a press release from the Isle of Wight council a couple of days ago saying how well their iWight Website did during the ups and down of the snow disruption.

The common reaction we had heard was the exact opposite – that when people wanted to know what was going on with school or road closures, the iWight site couldn’t cope, and they were met with blank pages, rather than the information they needed to see.Press Office frantically updating

We know that the information was being frantically updated onto the site by the Communications / Press Office team (Simon Butler and Anna Price should get a special mention) because we saw it flooding into us via email (as we couldn’t get access to the iWight site either).

iWight servers let us down

What let them and the Island down was the public just weren’t able to access the Website – perhaps because the servers couldn’t cope, or there just wasn’t enough bandwidth available to the servers. Either way, it’s clear that the proper planning hadn’t been made for high levels of Web traffic.

As Tim Hunter-Henderson, Cabinet member responsible for customer service and communications said, “The Internet is a very important tool for getting information out to the public, especially in times when residents want important news about their child’s school or information regarding which roads are clear.” Quite.

What would happen in a real emergency?

It does make you wonder quite how the Island would have found out this information if other media sources hadn’t stepped up to the job and delivered it for the council. Or indeed, what would happen in a serious emergency. Let’s hope the council learns from this experience and carries out the necessary upgrades.

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Please do everything you can to remind the electorate of the dangers of block voting

Ivan Bulwer Binstead / Fishbourne

Richard Hollis Parkhurst

Susan Jane Scoccia Ventnor West

Allowance To Triple

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John Vere Hobart Carisbrooke

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