Residents can now access a range of council services through their television set, mobile phone or Wii due to the launch of an innovative information channel – Looking Local.
The council has developed a special TV channel called 'Caerphilly Looking Local' and anyone with Sky, Virgin or broadband connected Freeview boxes can find out more by pressing the interactive button on their remote.
The service is completely FREE to use and allows you to report a missed bin, abandoned car, graffiti or a broken street light. Request services or leaflets, find out about local amenities, opening times and a lot more. Sometimes when you just want a quick piece of information and you don't feel inclined to boot up your PC, remember the Caerphilly Looking Local service is available on your TV, from the comfort of your sofa.
Not only are there services from the council, but you can also plan a journey and access transport information using a service created by Transport Direct. You can also search for jobs locally or across the country using the Job Centre Plus database.
All homes in Wales will soon have digital TV and the interactive elements enabled by digital rather than analogue TV will be explored by many commercial and public sector outfits. Digital TV will become a regular way of communicating and finding out information, already over 80 local authorities are publishing services to their citizens.
How to access the service
You can access this new service by following the simple instructions below depending on your digital TV service provider. Remember, it's a completely FREE service so why not take some time to find out what is available and if you have any suggestion for improvement, please let us know using the feedback form available through the service.