Residents in St Mary Church, Cowbridge, are to benefit from superfast broadband thanks to a campaign by local residents supported by Vale AM Jane Hutt.
Although residents of St Mary Church were told two years ago that the village was included in the Superfast Cymru project, which aims to reach 95% of properties in the contracted area in Wales by the end of Spring 2017, St Mary Church has proved to be more inaccessible than expected.
The standard superfast solution using Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) has approximately a 3km radius – which isn’t suitable for the rural location of St Mary Church.
A packed meeting of local residents were informed that Superfast Cymru are now looking at alternative ways of bringing superfast internet speeds to the village by potentially using new technology which was recently trialled successfully in Welshpool.
Vale of Glamorgan AM Jane Hutt, said she was delighted that Superfast Cymru and BT had been so open in looking for a solution for the residents of St Mary Church.
She said: “The Welsh Government is committed to seeing Wales become a truly digital nation and the Superfast Cymru programme is vital in making that vision a reality.”
Local resident David Lewis, who co-ordinated the village campaign, has now set up a small project team to work as a liaison committee with BT. He said “I was delighted that Jane gave us her support. I look forward to liaising with BT on behalf of the community.”
Superfast Cymru is a partnership between the Welsh Government, BT, UK Government and the European Regional Development Fund.