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Better connectivity is needed in Haverhill

By Sammi Nice

Cllr Anne Gower spoke out in favour of better connectivity in town
Cllr Anne Gower spoke out in favour of better connectivity in town

Hopes for better mobile phone coverage and improved Broadband speeds in Haverhill may have been boosted by a councillor’s input.

Councillor Anne Gower spoke at a meeting of Suffolk County Council on behalf of the Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.

The meeting took place on December 18.

Cllr Gower spoke of the importance of improved services in the area and of the benefits that greater connectivity could bring to the town.

“I spoke on behalf of the Chamber,” said Cllr Gower. “It’s extremely important that we have, not only decent Broadband coverage, but that we also get good mobile phone connectivity.

“It is holding back our economic development. Something needs to be done, especially with the Broadband on the industrial estate.

“It’s hugely important to address this. It’s holding back our businesses and it’s probably not encouraging new businesses to come to the town.

“Even when people are buying houses, they want to know what the Broadband speed and mobile coverage is like. It’s even more important for businesses.”

Improving mobile phone coverage and Broadband speeds in Haverhill has long been a priority of the Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and has been highlighted as an issue by the region’s MP, Matthew Hancock.

“There’s still no definite roll-out date,” said Paul Donno, Chairman of the Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.

“We’ve campaigned long and hard for superfast Broadband, particularly in the Holland Road area.

“Having someone like Anne Gower speak up is a real benefit. It shows she supports businesses in town.

“Also, mobile coverage in Haverhill is ludicrous. It’s very patchy. It’s not good enough in this day and age. We need to get connected.”

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