Poor internet connections jeopardise community hub

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SUBSTANDARD internet connections in Ingoldmells have dealt a stumbling block to a £30,000 Lottery funded project, bringing technological benefits to the local community.

Ingoldmells Community Group had secured funding to create a community computer hub offering local people free access to the internet, computing courses and ways of communicating with far flung friends and relatives.

With less than a month before its grand unveiling, however, the project has stalled, due to the poor connection speeds which plague the village and much of rural Lincolnshire.

Project manager Anthony Hall said: “It’s incredibly frustrating to think that the infrastructure is letting us down - this could put all of our hard work to waste.

“We were hoping this could create jobs, help people to gain new skills and pursue new hobbies,

“I’ve heard of quite a few of these projects working really well - once you’ve got the key implemented you can sculpt it into what you want - but we need that starting block and at the moment broadband is holding us back.”

If the group can overcome its problems, the hub will feature 10 desktop PCs and two laptops, for wide ranging uses..

Work had already progressed to get the St Peter and St Paul Church Hall ready for use by the end of the month, but now the project has been put on hold, casting its funding into doubt.

Anthony hopes the hub can be saved if local people sign an online petition demonstrating their interest for ‘superfast broadband’

To demonstrate your interest visit www.onlincolnshire.org with no financial obligation.

Interested parties are also invited to attend a public meeting at the Royal Arthur Centre on August 13 at 6pm.