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Saltney firms seek broadband backing after missing out on Flintshire FibreSpeed connection

INVESTMENT is being sought so Saltney businesses avoid being left behind in the high-speed broadband boom.

Councillor Veronica Gay fears that – after the town missed out on a Welsh Assembly-funded scheme to get Flintshire on a high-speed network – entrepreneurs might look elsewhere.

“I have spoken to Flintshire County Council about this and will be raising it at the town’s CH4 Business Club,” she said.

“We are looking at ways of funding and we are going to lobby the county council as we need investment.

“Saltney is a big part of the county’s industry and I don’t want it to miss out. I can’t understand why this fibrespeed network has bypassed Airbus as well, but has gone to Hawarden.

“It acts as a deterrent if these businesses cannot get high-speed broadband.”

Cllr Gay added: “We sponsor the CH4 Business Club because we need our businesses to develop and grow, but without this they could leave for other areas and some people in Saltney could be out of work.”

The new FibreSpeed network runs through Mold, Deeside Industrial Park, St David’s Business Park and Hawarden Business Park.

But Chris Quayle, director of Deeside telecommunications firm iData, said there were alternatives available.

“We are an independent company and we would offer our clients the most suitable solutions for their needs,” said Mr Quayle.

“Small and medium-sized businesses are better off looking for an alternative package due to the cost of using the FibreSpeed network.”

Another area which has missed out on the FibreSpeed network is Sandycroft, but Cllr David Wisinger is hopeful his area will be connected in the near future.

He said: “Businesses have got to move with the times and the fact the network is coming to Deeside is brilliant news.

“We hope other businesses will benefit as it grows to cover other areas.”