for £40,000 wi-fi Internet zone in Burnham-On-Sea unveiled
to introduce super-fast wireless Internet access across Burnham-On-Sea's
town centre received a cool welcome from town councillors on Monday
night (March 5th) when they expressed concern about the £40,000
cost of the project.
The scheme - which has the backing of Burnham Chamber of Trade
- would rely on funding from the Town Council to introduce a free
super-fast wi-fi Internet area along the High Street to help promote
shops and businesses in the town to visitors.
Chamber of Trade Chairman Rhonda Mills said: "This would
be a great, modern addition to Burnham that would help the town
attract higher income shoppers and promote our facilities to shoppers."
Cllr Ken Smout told Monday's meeting in the Town Council Chambers:
"It would be a step forward but there are lots of unanswered
questions regarding the high cost, security and who it would be
Michael Clarke added: "3G coverage from O2 has greatly improved
in the town centre recently, providing fast mobile Internet access.
I'm not convinced there's a need to spend £40,500 on this
from Burnham and Highbridge Town Council has been earmarked for
regeneration improvements in the town by Sedgemoor District Council's
'task and finish' group as part of a £186,000
project to modernise Burnham town centre, as first reported by
Burnham-On-Sea.com here last
Tony Lynham told councillors: "The council is in a dream
world if they think this will benefit for a majority of residents
in the town."
money is there for improvements to the town and should be spent
on visible benefits. The public must be given a chance to have
their say on this."
councillors decided not to proceed with the scheme for the moment,
but they have 'ring-fenced' the funding until the project plans
are further defined and a final decision can be taken.
clerk Eileen Shaw stressed that if the scheme were to be given
the go-ahead, no funding would be made available without a proper
bidding process to ensure a 'level playing field' with multiple
bids being assessed.