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You would be amazed how much you can find out about your house and its area online -local services, schools, doctors, dentists, house prices, risks and maps. Of course, if you are buying a new house, there is no substitute for walking the neighbourhood late at night to get the feel of the area!

General Information:

  • About my vote -find out what elections are happening in your area.
  • Beer in the evening -just pop in the postcode to find your local pub.
  • BT Phonebook -directory enquiries online for business and residential numbers -search by name and location.
  • Defra -MAGIC -multi agency geographic information for the countryside -a partnership involving six government organisations with responsibilities for rural policy-making and management -Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, English Heritage, Natural England, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Communities and Local Government.
  • Department of education -primary and secondary school performance tables -search by school, postcode or loacal authority.
  • DirectGov -find your local council, government departments and agencies.
  • Environment Agency -flood warning maps.
  • Fixmystreet -report and view highway maintenance problems.
  • GetMapping -comprehensive and detailed aerial photographic record covering the UK, known as the Millennium Map - offer a range of products including hardcopy prints and digital aerial images sent by e-mail.
  • Google Maps -get maps and satellite photos of your area, and search for businesses by postcode.
  • Highways Agency -traffic news and jamcam images for your area.
  • Homecheck -free guide to flooding, subsidence, pollution, refuse tips and much more.
  • Home-envirosearch -online search for environmental problems in your area.
  • Houseprices -exactly what is says -look up the actual sales prices of property by postcode.
  • Houses of Parliament -find your local MP and much more about the government of the UK.
  • Mouseprice -property sales prices from the Land Registry.
  • NetHousePrices -useful information on house prices by area.
  • Old Maps -search for old maps of your area, preview and purchase online.
  • Ordnance Survey -a fantastic range of maps to buy online -from leisure to street plans for Planning Applications -digital or paper.
  • Planning alerts -see who has made planning applications in your area.
  • Police -get crime statistics by postcode, alomg with your local community police contacts.
  • Propertywizza -a natty little tool that combines much of the information on this page into a single widget giving information about the postcode of your choice - house prices, old maps, crime statistics, planning applications etc.
  • Royal mail postcodes -postcodes and addresses online
  • Streetmap.co.uk -address searching and street map facilities for the UK
  • UpmyStreet -the real-life guide to your neighbourhood -property prices, schools, council details.



Health:

  • NHS -gateway to the National Health Service -find a doctor or dentist in your area.
  • Surgery Door -general health information including NHS local services.
Schools:
  • DFES -Department for Education and Skills -government site on everything to do with education.
  • Ofsted -inspection reports for schools in any area.
  • HM Inspectorate of Education -Scottish equivalent to Ofsted.
  • DENI -Department of Education in Northern Ireland
  • ISBI -Independant Schools of the British Isles
  • ISIS -Independant Schools Information Service.

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