INTERNET-savvy Hounslow has been ranked top of the table in a local government league.

The council website, www.hounslow.gov.uk, rose from third to become the best in the country according to Sitemorse, which uses a range of criteria to compare website user experiences.

Councillor Pritam Grewal, cabinet member for communications and communities at Hounslow Council, said: “We have spent a lot of time making sure the site meets high standards for accessibility and reliability, and constantly encourage feedback from our residents and customers to improve the site wherever we can.

"With more and more people wanting to use online services in a 24/7 world, it’s vital for the site to be available and accessible whenever and wherever residents want."

The survey looked at issues such as web standards, performance, links to other websites, spelling and security.

Lawrence Shaw, Sitemorse chief executive, said: “The very best websites provide an excellent, error-free customer experience to ensure their visitors find just what they are looking for and want to return. We are always impressed by the effort local authorities in the UK put into improving the quality of their websites, a vital link with the communities they serve.”