Online Help


Aurora Workspace


Aurora is compatible with the following web browsers, Internet Explorer (IE) Version 8 or newer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Google Chrome


Panels and Tabs


The first screen you’ll see when you open Aurora maps is the one below



The features on the Aurora screen have been divided into "panels": Top Panel, Left Panel and Map:


The Left Panel has three "tabs": Legend, Find My Nearest and Find Records. The Legend tab allows you to choose which categories you would like displayed on the map. The Find My Nearest tab allows you to select a category and find the nearest located point of reference. Find Records allows you to search for specific records such as schools and planning applications.


Searching Maps


Gazetteer Search

To initiate Gazetteer select this from under the Legend tab.



Type the address into the location search box which is located above the map.




As you are typing in the address you will see all relevant addresses appearing in a drop down list, you can either select your address from the list or keep typing the full address until this is the only option.






To select the address left click on it and the pushpin will locate this on the map.





You can move the pushpin around the map by left clicking on the pin and dragging and dropping to the new location.


To centre the map click on the pushpin located next to the search box.


To remove the pushpin from the map you will need to click on the x located in the search box.






Hide/Show the Left Panel


You have the ability to "expand" and "close" each feature on the left panel by clicking on the title.

On the top left of the map you will see é by clicking on this it will hide/show the Left Panel.





You can change the scale of the Map using the Zoom/Scale tool   or you can use the scroll wheel on the mouse.




The Pan tool is located at the top left on the map  and allows you to move around the currently displayed map.


Alternatively, left click on the map and drag to move the map in the desired direction.



Displaying Maps

On the top right of the map you will see the different maps available, to change the map to one of these left click on the map you would like to view.



Showing Information


To view the list of available maps to display, click the Legend tab



When clicking on this it will show/hide the list of maps. You will be presented with different accessibility types (Categories) and the respective listing of Maps. Clicking the + on the category will show the list of maps available in that category. Select the desired map from the list by selecting the box and the map with all associated layers will be loaded, make sure the check box next to the category is also ticked.





Items displayed on the map (in relation to the Key) may contain additional information that may be of interest. To view those details, left click on the relevant part of the map or the symbol.



On some of the points the additional information will have hyperlinks to websites, these are highlighted in blue and you can open these by left clicking on the link.



Find My Nearest tab


Select this by left clicking on the tab. You will now see a number of categories.





Select the category you would like to search by left clicking on the option in the list.


Type in the address for the area that you would like to search. In the example we are finding the nearest Secondary Schools. The address should be typed into the search box above the map and then left click to select.


The pushpin will highlight your location, the numbers and symbols will highlight the nearest schools on the map.





In the left hand panel will be a list of all Secondary Schools starting with the nearest first, it also tells you the distance in metres from the address you are searching from.





If you place the cursor over one of the options it will highlight the point on the map. Left clicking on one of the options will give you additional information on your selection.





Find Records tab


Select this by left clicking on the tab and then choose the appropriate category.





To Find Records on the Planning Application Boundary, type the planning application number into the search box and click on Next.





In the left hand panel it will show you the application number, this will be highlighted and showing as a link to the Planning Portal, you can open this up by left hand clicking on the link.


On the map the planning boundary will be showing, this will be highlighted and have a number 1 symbol on the location of the application.





If you select Schools you will be given a drop down list of all schools in the borough, select the school and then click on Next.






In the left hand panel the school will be listed with further information and a link to the schools website, you can open this by left clicking on the link.


On the map the schools location will be highlighted with a number 1 symbol showing the location.






 Printing Maps


You can print the map by clicking on the print icon  which is located at the top right of the page. You will then be prompted to ‘Click here to open PDF print’.  Once you have clicked on this, the pdf will show a print preview of the map which you can then save.