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Wifi installed across all Denbighshire County Council Leisure Centres

Wifi has been rolled out across all of Denbighshire County Council leisure centres, marking the next phase in the modernisation of Digital Leisure across the County.
All seven Denbighshire County Council run leisure centres will now be equipped with wifi, from Llangollen, Corwen, Ruthin, Denbigh to St Asaph, Rhyl and Prestatyn, due to popular demand. As more of the fitness suites migrate onto ‘the cloud’ and many customers use their own personal devices to track their fitness progress, improved connectivity for mobile and smart devices has become a necessity.
The next stage of Denbighshire Leisure will see the launch of the new denbighshireleisure.co.uk, which enables customers to book activities online, including signing up to fitness membership.
With a new up-to-date look, the redesigned site will provide instant access to information for customers, via an improved layout, including swimming and class timetables, will be available in a few simple clicks.


New Catholic School on agenda

Members of Denbighshire’s Cabinet have been asked to approve a formal consultation on proposals to create a brand new £23.8 million Catholic school in Rhyl, to replace the existing provision in the town.
This follows the agreement between the Diocese of Wrexham and Denbighshire County Council to progress an exciting new- the proposed development of a brand new 3-16 Catholic school in the town of Rhyl.This would be progressed as part of the 21st Century Schools and Education Programme to be delivered in partnership with the Welsh Government.
The proposal being put forward is for a brand new 3-16 Catholic School to replace Ysgol Mair/ St. Marys Catholic Primary and Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School on the same site and open on 1st September 2019.
If Cabinet agreed to consult on the plans, the formal consultation will take place from 14th February until 27th March 2017 and a report outlining the findings will presented to Cabinet before the summer.
The Diocese of Wrexham has confirmed its support to the project.

Extra Funding Available to Help Businesses Get Online

Firms looking for a digital makeover can now take advantage of a business grant.
Denbighshire County Council’s Business Development Grant scheme has awarded more than £71,000 to 17 Denbighshire firms since April last year.
The grant has been expanded to offer more financial support for businesses looking to take advantage of digital technology to help stimulate local innovation, improve competitiveness and help reach new markets.
This includes opportunities for all types of businesses, including firms looking to take bookings online and send automatic appointment reminders by text or email or replacing their old telephone systems with cheaper internet based systems.
Cllr Hugh Evans OBE, leader of Denbighshire, said: “Even the smallest business can benefit from this grant.
“Websites have well established benefits for trade and in 2017 more funding is available for local businesses to create their own high quality online presence and even venture into selling online.
The scheme, which forms part of the Council’s Economic and Community Ambition Programme, also offers funding to new and existing businesses to create employment, improve business competitiveness and create a vibrant local economy.
As well as increasing the funding for the digital element of the scheme, the overall cap of the grant has been raised from £5,000 to £10,000 and the limit on applicants’ annual turnover has increased from £250,000 to £500,000.
For more information or to apply for a Business Development Grant from Denbighshire County Council visit Denbighshire.gov.uk/business or contact 01824 706896.