Renfrewshire: call free public wifi in all community halls

A COUNCILOR requested that free public wifi be installed in all village and project community halls in Renfrewshire.

Andy Doig, who represents Johnstone North, Kilbarchan, Howwood and Lochwinnoch, said it was unfair that most city facilities had been connected while many rural areas still had not.

He told The Gazette: “I was approached by the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival who are, like all of us, very excited about the ongoing refurbishment of the McKillop Institute.

“As the McKillop hosts many arts festival events, they asked if it would have wifi and OneRen confirmed that it would not. As owners of the building, I ask the Council to commit in such a continuous program.

“In 2022 it is truly absurd that Renfrewshire’s five civic centers – Paisley, Renfrew, Johnstone, Erskine and Linwood – all have wifi in their respective town halls, and rightly so, but that village amenities like the Institute McKillop, and those many community halls in our housing programs, will not have one.This is simply not acceptable and needs to be addressed now.

The Independent Councilor is now asking Renfrewshire Council to commit to a timetable for the installation of wifi in all village halls and community halls in Renfrewshire.

He added: “We cannot envisage here a two-tier system where a kind of digital apartheid prevails, where the inhabitants of the city center benefit from an improved type of service, but not the inhabitants of the villages and projects. .

“At the end of the day, we all pay council tax, so we are all entitled to the same quality of service that we expect from community facilities in the 21st century.”

A spokesperson for Renfrewshire Council said: “Community halls, including the McKillop Institute, which are currently connected to the council’s network, are being upgraded to full gigabit fibre.

“Alongside this, we are currently looking at the provision of wifi across the consultancy business.”

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