Wifi hotspot plan for Helensburgh town centre gets the go-ahead

Mobile broadband will be available in Colquhoun Square and other parts of the town centre under the new project
Mobile broadband will be available in Colquhoun Square and other parts of the town centre under the new project

Free wifi will be available to the public in Helensburgh town centre, councillors have confirmed.

The internet access will be a pilot project and, if successful, other hotspots may be created across Argyll and Bute.

The £6.6m CHORD work in Helensburgh included ducting to allow a broadband provider to install equipment ‘with minimum disruption’, Argyll and Bute Council’s policy and resources committee was told.

“If delivered correctly it could assist in making our town centres more attractive, support existing businesses, increase footfall and add value to capital investment already being delivered through our CHORD regeneration programme,” said a report by executive director of development and infrastructure Pippa Milne.

“The effect of the digital revolution on our town centres has been significant and has resulted in a different way of buying and selling.

“Promoting and increasing the number of those using our town centres for retail, business, recreation, culture and arts and social purposes is critical to the regeneration of our town centres and to ensuring that we maximise the economic benefit from the investment in our towns through projects such as CHORD.”

Free wifi was made available at Helensburgh Central station by Scotrail earlier this year.

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