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SMART phone users could soon have details of the borough’s most important historical and cultural sites at their fingertips.

Plans have been unveiled for local areas of interest to be tagged with Quick Response (QR) Codes which can be scanned by the latest mobile phones to send information directly to the devices.

The concept is to be trialled at 27 spots in Atherton after support from local councillor and cabinet member Susan Loudon, who applied for funding through the North West Employment Organisation’s Innovation Fund.

If successful, Coun Loudon hopes the project will be expanded across the borough.

She said: “The idea is to give people information on important local places - from environmental sites to areas of historical importance - through new technology.

“Residents or visitors can simply scan the codes using their smart phone and learn more about its history and what kind of things are happening now.

“We’re planning to launch in Howe Bridge but we’re hoping this will be introduced at lots of other places in the borough.”

QR codes, which can be read by smart phones including iPhones and Blackberrys, will be placed at sites of historical, environmental, or local interest.

Smart phone users can scan the codes to receive information directly to their devices, as well as links to websites of groups, organisations and sports teams in the area.

Volunteers from the Bridgers Residents’ Group in Howe Bridge also plan to wear t-shirts displaying QR codes which link to the organisation’s website.

The cost of introducing a code to a site varies from £20 to £100.

Around 27 areas of interest have been identified within the Howe Bridge village boundaries.

They include:

n Atherton War Memorial, in Leigh Road,

n Stone miners statue, Gadbury Fold

n Colleries Corner, Atherton

n Howe Bridge Sports Centre

n Chattering Fields, near St Michael’s Church