Haverhill MP Matthew Hancock has pledged to campaign for better broadband for businesses in the town.
The West Suffolk MP made the call during his appearance at last Friday’s (March 21) Bestof Haverhill event at The Days Inn Hotel, where he was guest speaker.
Mr Hancock was responding to an observation by John Mayhew, a member of Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, who said: “We are sitting on the edge of Hollands Road industrial estate. It’s the industrial heartland of this town.
“The strategy of BT is that across the whole of Suffolk 80 per cent of houses and businesses will have the advantage of superfast broadband by the end of 2015.
“You would be perhaps disappointed to learn that this area is not even within that strategy.
“The chamber took it on to make contact with businesses and I think we managed to reach 130 businesses operating in this area, so there’s a huge potential take up, but if there’s anything you can do to add weight to it.”
Mr Mayhew said Rookwood Way and Homefield Road were also left out, adding: “In this area you can’t use broadband in the afternoon without it falling off the cliff.”
Rob Maidment added that Essex County Council intends to ensure industry receives better broadband first before giving attention to rural areas but Suffolk County Council ‘has decided to do it the other way around.’
Mr Hancock said in response: “This is about business use and just because there are not that many domestic properties here in this part of Haverhill it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have faster broadband, it’s just the opposite.
“We need to campaign and we should get going on that, definitely.”
He closed his talk by saying: “I hope everyone will join our campaign for better broadband in Haverhill.”