Published: 15/07/2016 12:58 - Updated: 15/07/2016 13:12

Bid for town hall wi-fi connection

A Forres Community Councillor hopes to get Wi-Fi installed at the Town Hall.

Moves are ongoig to get wi-fi at the town hall in Forres.
Moves are ongoig to get wi-fi at the town hall in Forres.

FCC secretary Samantha Fraser agreed to investigate the possibility following a request from Varis Players, who regularly use the venue for plays and rehearsals.

“I will see if we can make it happen,” she said.

“The Forres area has had challenges with online connectivity both via broadband and mobile signal, but we live in a digital world where internet accessibility is becoming second nature.”

Miss Fraser attends a number of events at the Town Hall but is currently unable to share pictures and updates on social media.

She has also been unable to access email during meetings because of the lack of a Wi-Fi connection.

“There has been improvements to mobile connectivity in the area,” she said. “3G and 4G in Forres is now widespread in Forres and this helps people with smart phones.

“However, connectivity via laptops for group meetings, presentations, events and public consultations is still lacking.

“It would be a real asset if this facility was available to the community at the Town Hall and may encourage use of the space.”

Unfortunately a Moray Council spokesman confirmed they have no plans to install Wi-Fi, but Miss Fraser is investigating other funding sources.

“We have been offered possible assistance from the council IT department to install internet via a private provider,” she said. 

“There would need to be safeguards so that the connection is not misused and secure in line with council requirements, but this shouldn’t be irresolvable.

“Berry Burn Community Fund is something FCC can look into at future meetings as a funder.”

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