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People who live on ward boundaries will want information on things outside of that area. Geocode everything physical or that relatest to specific physical areas, and then allow for browsing via map and other locative means.
Incomprehensible URLs that mean nothing on sight are not useful, but http://mycouncil.gov.uk/wards/edgbaston/councillors is self-explanatory, and good for google.
Use http://getsatisfaction.com to collect problems and suggestions in one place.
Then have people employed to answer them, and engage in a conversation about the most interesting ones.
Raw data of council meetings, statistics, records all available as Linked Data
The home page should have a list of links that cover the main user tasks, as well as allowing the user to search by keyword, subject area, and offer predictive results as they type.