Plans have been approved today for introducing free Wi-Fi in Rotherham Town Centre for all shoppers and visitors. The proposals were agreed during the meeting of the Cabinet at Rotherham Council earlier today. There is currently no free Wi-Fi at the moment apart from in certain shops or buildings, however with this Wi-Fi plan there will be free public internet access in the wider town centre area.
Free Wi-Fi in all public spaces and buildings will be a real boost to the town centre. It will allow more shoppers and visitors in Rotherham gain access to free Internet and get online. Following the approval achieved today, the Council will now begin work to identify a partner to help install the equipment needed for this new service in the town centre and the running of free Wi-Fi.
Cllr Denise Lelliott, Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy at Rotherham Council, has previously said about these plans:
“In our increasingly digital age, people like to use social media and the internet on the go. A key priority for the Council is to extend prosperity and as the town centre repositions itself as a leisure destination, there will be more people living and socialising in the town centre.
Free Wi-Fi in public spaces and public buildings will really help residents and tourists connect with each other and stay in touch with local events, making the town centre a more vibrant destination and supporting local businesses to thrive and grow.”
The free Wi-Fi proposals follow plenty of recent positive news and actions taking place in the town centre, including: the redevelopment of Westgate Chambers, the building of the University Centre Rotherham, the refurbishment of Rotherham Interchange, and the wider regeneration ambitions contained in the Town Centre Masterplan including the intentions for Forge Island as well.