plan unveiled to bring free wi-fi to Burnham beach and town centre
to introduce a free wi-fi Internet network in Burnham-On-Sea town
centre, and along the seafront and beach, have been unveiled this
week in an effort to make the town more 'mobile-friendly'.
a meeting last night (Wednesday) of the Town Council's Town Projects
Committee considered the plans for a £20,000 project to be
funded from Tesco regeneration funds and Sedgemoor District Council.
Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds explained: "Recent national
research about UK tourists explored what is the most important thing
for holidaymakers to take to the beach. Unsurprisingly, perhaps,
it was their mobile phone, as opposed to a towel or a bucket and
connectivity in our town centre is very variable according to your
network provider and where you are in the town or on the beach.
It is possible that with a pan-town centre solution that we will
be able to offer a more reliable free customer connection."
have found a provider who will provide free-to-use wi-fi across
the town centre and along The Esplanade and beach. It will enable
the Town Council and businesses to engage directly with visitors.
We will also be able to gather data and build up an accurate picture
about our visitors to the town centre - who they are, where they
come from, how old they are, what their shopping habits are - all
the kind of information that you give over when you log onto Facebook,
District Council is already considering introducing wi-fi networks
in three towns and they are very happy with this proposal for Burnham
and would be happy to put in 50% of the total cost."
Paul Young, Town Projects Committee Chairman, said: "I think
it would enormously help the town and would also help us understand
more about our town's visitors and shoppers."
Town Council would earmark around £8,000 of Tesco regeneration
funds towards the £20,000 scheme while the project would also
be part-funded by Sedgemoor District Council. There would also be
£2,500/year costs for a licence, maintenance plus equipment.
committee recommended the idea proceeds in principal, however it
will now be considered by the full Town Council at its next meeting.