A Northwich councilor was stunned when he clicked on a link from the Cheshire West and Chester Council website for a dyslexia charity – only to be directed to a Thai sex blog. Lee Siddall, who represents Winnington and Castle, came across the rogue link while researching the issue of funding dyslexic children.
Cllr Siddall, who himself was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child, reviewed yourwestcheshire.co.uk to see what information was available. When he clicked on a link from the Cheshire Dyslexia Association, the information on the website had been changed and directed him to a Thai porn blog.
‘The Good Lover Blog’ contained posts from Thais advertising for sex partners. Councilor Lee Siddall says this is not what ratepayers expect from the council.
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“I was looking to see what help Cheshire West and Chester Council can provide for people with dyslexia,” cllr Siddall said. “Then I came across a website on their help page.
“I thought ‘Let’s see what they point me to.’ It was directing people to another website, initially everything was in Thai, then when you click on the translator, everything was porn when translated.
“I was extremely shocked and that also opens up the big questions, if they direct people to sites like this on their website, how do they actually handle the whole board? If you don’t stay at the Knowing about these little things like that has had a huge impact. It’s less than what taxpayers should expect.
A spokesperson for Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “The Council regularly monitors the external links posted on our web platforms. The domain for this website, created by a voluntary organisation, has expired since our last audit and has been removed. as soon as our attention was drawn to it.
“The Council will soon be launching a brand new website to replace the current www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk. During the second phase of this launch, all information from yourwestcheshire.co.uk will be moved to the new site after a thorough content audit”
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