Pendle set to become first part of Lancashire to install free WiFi

Pendle set to become first part of Lancashire to install free WiFi

Pendle set to become first part of Lancashire to install free WiFi

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PENDLE is set to become the first borough in Lancashire to install free WiFi in its town centres.

Council bosses said the move would further secure the future of its high streets and would benefit shopkeepers, shoppers and on-the-move workers.

WiFi will be introduced in Barnoldswick, and then Colne, as two pilot areas, before hopefully being rolled out to other towns such as Nelson, Barrowford and Earby.

Coun Paul White, portfolio holder for growth and town centres, said: “This will be fantastic for supporting our high streets.

“We won’t just be building something that gives people free internet access across our towns, but it will also give businesses the chance to bring in the customers too through its landing page.

“When somebody logs on they will go to a landing page which will display things like offers of the week for different shops.

“It will help people shopping in town search for things they are after and is also good for people working on-the-move, which a lot of people do these days.

“It was something council leader Joe Cooney was very keen on.”

Earlier this week Kendal announced plans to become the first town in the north, and only the fourth in England, to offer free town centre WiFi. Pendle Council’s executive committee has set aside £100,000 to look into the scheme.

It will require installation of WiFi antennas in certain areas to provide the signal.

Coun White said: “In an ideal world we would have it up-and-running for Christmas.

“We have chosen Barnoldswick and Colne to pilot it because they are our best performing town centres, and because Barnoldswick town centre is in a square formation, and Colne is linear.”

Coun Joe Cooney said: “This was something Lyle Davy, one of our new councillors asked us to look at, and we looked and thought what a great idea.”

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3:52pm Mon 28 Jul 14

tonygreaves says...

Rubbish press release by Councillor White. The Pendle Council Executive agreed to set up a small Councillor panel to look at the idea. No decisions have yet been made. No doubt Councillor White will "claim credit" for this another ten times before it actually happens - if it does.

Tony Greaves
Rubbish press release by Councillor White. The Pendle Council Executive agreed to set up a small Councillor panel to look at the idea. No decisions have yet been made. No doubt Councillor White will "claim credit" for this another ten times before it actually happens - if it does. Tony Greaves tonygreaves
  • Score: 7

6:26pm Mon 28 Jul 14

watergirl says...

Now why does this not surprise me. Typical behaivour from the Tories
Now why does this not surprise me. Typical behaivour from the Tories watergirl
  • Score: 6

7:08pm Mon 28 Jul 14

jenkinsroy says...

This money £100,000 can and should be spent on the services
Here in COLNE and not on this silly Wi-Fi here we do not need this crap
I do hope our council tax is not going up to pay for this?
What do you lot smoke and drink? When you come up with
This sort of money wasting scams yes scams someone is going to make
Money out of this? Who I for one would like to know WHO THEY ARE?
It will not be any one in COLNE that is a fact.
This money £100,000 can and should be spent on the services Here in COLNE and not on this silly Wi-Fi here we do not need this crap I do hope our council tax is not going up to pay for this? What do you lot smoke and drink? When you come up with This sort of money wasting scams yes scams someone is going to make Money out of this? Who I for one would like to know WHO THEY ARE? It will not be any one in COLNE that is a fact. jenkinsroy
  • Score: 6

10:29pm Mon 28 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

jenkinsroy wrote:
This money £100,000 can and should be spent on the services
Here in COLNE and not on this silly Wi-Fi here we do not need this crap
I do hope our council tax is not going up to pay for this?
What do you lot smoke and drink? When you come up with
This sort of money wasting scams yes scams someone is going to make
Money out of this? Who I for one would like to know WHO THEY ARE?
It will not be any one in COLNE that is a fact.
I agree with you Roy. Why do people need to access the Internet when they are in Colne/Nelson/Barnold
swick town centres? If they do then most people have 3G/4G signals on their mobiles. If not then tough. Either upgrade or save up for a phone that does.
Why should we have to subsidise scratters who want to get a discount code for Greggs so they can feed their 8 kids sausage rolls while they're out spending their benefits.
[quote][p][bold]jenkinsroy[/bold] wrote: This money £100,000 can and should be spent on the services Here in COLNE and not on this silly Wi-Fi here we do not need this crap I do hope our council tax is not going up to pay for this? What do you lot smoke and drink? When you come up with This sort of money wasting scams yes scams someone is going to make Money out of this? Who I for one would like to know WHO THEY ARE? It will not be any one in COLNE that is a fact.[/p][/quote]I agree with you Roy. Why do people need to access the Internet when they are in Colne/Nelson/Barnold swick town centres? If they do then most people have 3G/4G signals on their mobiles. If not then tough. Either upgrade or save up for a phone that does. Why should we have to subsidise scratters who want to get a discount code for Greggs so they can feed their 8 kids sausage rolls while they're out spending their benefits. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 22

10:33pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Ronnietate says...

Has anyone bothered to think about the effect of all these extra signals being given off to provide the Wi-Fi. We are being inundated with electro magnetic field radiation with all the mobile phone towers already and do not need more. Research done in other parts of the world has shown this can be harmful to our health. Even more stuff to give us Cancer!
Has anyone bothered to think about the effect of all these extra signals being given off to provide the Wi-Fi. We are being inundated with electro magnetic field radiation with all the mobile phone towers already and do not need more. Research done in other parts of the world has shown this can be harmful to our health. Even more stuff to give us Cancer! Ronnietate
  • Score: 6

10:42pm Mon 28 Jul 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

I don't see this as such a bad thing.

With apps such as Siri and Google Search you are able to say to your phone "Find me a cafe" and it will give a list of local cafes etc. Yeah mobile signal is good but WiFi is always quicker.

At work we use a local deli for informal meetings because it has WiFi for the laptops (and great food) so you also attract people like this.

So basically tourists and business men benefit from this, and they always have more disposable income than people with 8 kids in Greggs.

As with all my posts, if you have a negative vote that's fair enough but at least follow it up with a reason.
I don't see this as such a bad thing. With apps such as Siri and Google Search you are able to say to your phone "Find me a cafe" and it will give a list of local cafes etc. Yeah mobile signal is good but WiFi is always quicker. At work we use a local deli for informal meetings because it has WiFi for the laptops (and great food) so you also attract people like this. So basically tourists and business men benefit from this, and they always have more disposable income than people with 8 kids in Greggs. As with all my posts, if you have a negative vote that's fair enough but at least follow it up with a reason. HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 6

11:23pm Mon 28 Jul 14

slants says...

HelmshoreMan2010 wrote:
I don't see this as such a bad thing.

With apps such as Siri and Google Search you are able to say to your phone "Find me a cafe" and it will give a list of local cafes etc. Yeah mobile signal is good but WiFi is always quicker.

At work we use a local deli for informal meetings because it has WiFi for the laptops (and great food) so you also attract people like this.

So basically tourists and business men benefit from this, and they always have more disposable income than people with 8 kids in Greggs.

As with all my posts, if you have a negative vote that's fair enough but at least follow it up with a reason.
what a lemon jeez
[quote][p][bold]HelmshoreMan2010[/bold] wrote: I don't see this as such a bad thing. With apps such as Siri and Google Search you are able to say to your phone "Find me a cafe" and it will give a list of local cafes etc. Yeah mobile signal is good but WiFi is always quicker. At work we use a local deli for informal meetings because it has WiFi for the laptops (and great food) so you also attract people like this. So basically tourists and business men benefit from this, and they always have more disposable income than people with 8 kids in Greggs. As with all my posts, if you have a negative vote that's fair enough but at least follow it up with a reason.[/p][/quote]what a lemon jeez slants
  • Score: -3

9:17pm Tue 29 Jul 14

liddle 'un says...

Ronnietate wrote:
Has anyone bothered to think about the effect of all these extra signals being given off to provide the Wi-Fi. We are being inundated with electro magnetic field radiation with all the mobile phone towers already and do not need more. Research done in other parts of the world has shown this can be harmful to our health. Even more stuff to give us Cancer!
Tin foil hats anybody?
[quote][p][bold]Ronnietate[/bold] wrote: Has anyone bothered to think about the effect of all these extra signals being given off to provide the Wi-Fi. We are being inundated with electro magnetic field radiation with all the mobile phone towers already and do not need more. Research done in other parts of the world has shown this can be harmful to our health. Even more stuff to give us Cancer![/p][/quote]Tin foil hats anybody? liddle 'un
  • Score: 3

9:49am Sun 3 Aug 14

David Whipp says...

As someone who's on the small group of councillors looking at this, I'll ask if foil hats can be provided FOC in the local shops served by any Wifi provided.
As someone who's on the small group of councillors looking at this, I'll ask if foil hats can be provided FOC in the local shops served by any Wifi provided. David Whipp
  • Score: 0

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