wi-fi service on Burnham-On-Sea beach and town centre proposed
to introduce a free wi-fi Internet network in Burnham-On-Sea town
centre and along the seafront are being reconsidered after being
raised by a Burnham-On-Sea resident this week.
£20,000 scheme - which was first
considered last autumn - would see free internet access being
delivered along the seafront and beach in an effort to make the
town more 'mobile-friendly'.
year, the Town Council considered earmarking around £8,000
of Tesco regeneration funds towards the £20,000 scheme with
the remaining funding coming from Sedgemoor District Council. There
would also be £2,500/year costs for a licence, maintenance,
Young, a former town councillor, said during this week's Town Council
meeting that the service would help to "drive business, and
encourage people around the town."
added: "Mobile phone networks work very well for towns in the
middle of the land, but we are a seaside town with sea on one side.
As there are no mobile phone customers in the sea, we are on the
edge of the network and never get a strong signal. Coverage is patchy
at best in Burnham."
District Council picked three towns in the district to give wi-fi
and we were very fortunate that our former town centre manager got
us a fabulous deal to put in free wi-fi."
the '106 funding' so far we have got new street lights, cycle racks,
coloured tarmac and flower polls for hanging baskets, but wi-fi
would knock them all into a cocked hat. It would drive business
and encourage people around the town."
added: "People use their mobiles to navigate which is why it's
so important. Wi-fi is quintessential - if you have money for something
else in the budget and can swap it over, I suggest you do it."
Young says he'd heard that plans for the service had been scrapped
in Burnham and that's why he's keen to follow it up.
Janet Keen added: "During one of the latest reports from the
Town Centre Manager before her contract expired, we were told that
there were technical difficulties with it and until they were resolved
it was in abeyance."
Michael Clarke, Chairman of the Town Projects Committee, said the
council would further examine the proposal and the costs for a discussion
at an upcoming meeting.