5-month wait for a faster internet in Southgate and Pennard
TWO Gower communities are celebrating after securing crucial cash for super-fast broadband, but had to wait five months for Government funding.
Two weeks ago the Welsh Government made an offer of £115,687 of funding to cover the cost of the infrastructure needed to carry out the project in Southgate and Pennard.
Jamie Francis, of Pennard Stores, said the communities were disappointed the application for funding took five months to approve following an initial submission in March.
He said: "The Welsh Government seems not to be towing the line that people such as Business Minister Edwina Hart are pushing that super-fast broadband needs to be in communities.
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"It is great that they have offered the funding but people have got very upset that it hasn't happened quicker."
A Welsh Government spokesman said the Welsh Government did not receive a technical proposal for Southgate and Pennard that fully met the conditions for its Broadband Support Scheme until August 31 and confirmed an offer of funding of £115,687 was made on September 18.
He said: "To date the Welsh Government has offered Broadband Support Scheme funding totalling £2.3 million to around 3,000 applications from across Wales.
"Due to this significant level of investment provided by the Welsh Government, together with the scope and scale of some of these community projects, robust assessment and appraisal mechanisms are necessary to ensure that appropriate, sustainable and cost-effective broadband solutions are delivered to applicants."