This is an archived press release
Thursday 27 September 2012
Residents and businesses in the Peak District National Park are being urged to register their interest in getting better broadband internet coverage for the area.
The Peak District National Park Authority is keen to support three local councils – Derbyshire and Staffordshire County Councils and Cheshire East Council - who are working to get broadband access improved in the national park area.
Councillor Tony Favell, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “We know that getting good broadband access is one of the top priorities for local residents and businesses which is why it is also a high priority action in our new National Park Management Plan.
“Having good broadband access will boost efforts to create more local jobs and also make lives easier for the 38,000 national park residents and the millions who visit tourist accommodation in the area each year.
“The councils all need local people and businesses to register their need for better broadband so they can demonstrate this to potential suppliers and investors. I would urge everyone to do this because it could make a really significant impact on the future prospects for job growth opportunities.”
The three surveys can be accessed at:
• Derbyshire County Council’s website: http://derbyshire.gov.uk/community/lottery_funding/community_broadband/default.asp?VD=digitalderbyshire
• Staffordshire County Council’s website: http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/business/ICT/BroadbandConsultation/BroadbandDemandsurvey.aspx
• Cheshire East Council’s website: http://www.connectingcheshire.org.uk/
Anyone who registers is under no obligation to buy services when they are launched.
To support this work, a series of community events will take place in the Peak District, which will be advertised in the local press in due course.