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Residents Urged To Check Superfast Broadband Availability And Contracts

Residents are being urged to make sure they are getting the best broadband speeds. Denbighshire County Council is asking residents and businesses to test their broadband connection speeds via Ofcom’s website and to check with their Internet Service Providers when their current non-superfast contracts are due to end.
The Council has also written to residents who it understands will be unable to access superfast broadband after the end of the current Superfast Cymru programme in December, providing them with advice on alternative solutions to improve speeds.
The Welsh Government’s website hosts a checker to confirm which premises have access to superfast speeds.
Councillor Hugh Evans OBE, leader of Denbighshire County Council, said: “Unfortunately broadband providers don’t always update customers about the full range of products available to them. The Welsh Government checker is an independent source which can tell residents and businesses if they can access superfast broadband.
“It is also easy to forget when your contract is due for renewal and people who could get superfast may find themselves unnecessarily tied into slow speeds for a further year if they automatically renew existing contracts.
“Helping residents and businesses to access superfast broadband is part of the Council’s work to unlock the economic benefits high quality broadband can bring to communities and businesses.”
Councillor Richard Mainon, the Council’s lead member for Developing Community Infrastructure, said: “The Council has previously expressed its disappointment at information released by the Welsh Government on which properties in the county will not get access to fibre broadband through its Superfast Cymru programme.
“Although a second programme is due to get underway next year, there are no guarantees properties currently unable to access superfast broadband will get this opportunity in the next phase.
“The Council has identified properties in the county that cannot access superfast broadband and is helping residents and communities access information on available funding at https://beta.gov.wales/go-superfast/can-i-get-it

Afon Elwy Environment Group Achieves Coveted Green Flag Community Award

The Afon Elwy Environment Group has been awarded the coveted Green Flag Award. The Green Flag Scheme is delivered in Wales by environmental charity, Keep Wales Tidy with support from Welsh Government and is judged by green space experts who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and asses then against strict criteria including horticultural standards, cleanliness, environmental management and community involvement.
The group has been in existence since 2003 and looks after the riverside in St Asaph, in conjunction with other partners, to make the area an attractive place for residents and visitors, and protect the natural environment
In total, 101 community managed green spaces in Wales have met the high standard needed to receive the prestigious Green Flag Community Award (83 in 2016/17).
The flag will be placed in the Community/Council Meeting Room in St Asaph in recognition of its excellent facilities and commitment to delivering great quality green space.
If anyone is interested in joining the group please call the Secretary on 01745 582627