Paralympic star launches speedy new broadband
BRITAIN’S most decorated female Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey helped launch superfast broadband in Poynton.
More than 1,500 homes and offices in Disley and 4,800 in Poynton are now able to access faster internet speeds.
It is part of the Connecting Cheshire superfast fibre broadband roll-out, a partnership of four councils – Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Halton and Warrington – and BT, and part-funded by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and the EU.
The £28.5m project will provide fibre broadband to more than 80,000 homes and businesses when it is completed.
Dame Sarah Storey, who lives in Disley, said: “Fibre broadband will make a huge difference to us – we will be able to view and upload race and training videos much quicker, video conference our coaching clients without buffering and manage our women’s cycling team Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International more efficiently.”
Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “Our roll-out is already making a big impact. Many homes and businesses are now taking advantage of the opportunity to upgrade to fibre broadband and seeing how it can bring significant social and economic benefits – and, in many cases, see a reduction in their costs as broadband charges are falling all the time.”
Mike Blackburn, BT regional director for the North West, said: “If there’s anyone who knows about superfast speeds and the importance of consistency, it’s Sarah Storey .
“We’re delighted she’s taken time out of her busy schedule to help launch superfast broadband in this locality.
“Sarah’s cycling team is now one of many Cheshire businesses that can benefit from this faster and more reliable technology.”
Sir Howard Bernstein, vice chair of the North West European Regional Development Fund local management committee, said: “This programme is already helping local businesses make the most of superfast broadband, improving performance and helping to create and safeguard jobs.
“It is providing a major boost to the Cheshire economy and the North West European Regional Development Fund programme is pleased to be supporting it financially.”
● Disley Fountain Square group; Disley Parish Coun David Kidd, Coun arold Davenport, Dame Sarah Storey; Disley Parish Coun Jackie Pattison, Macclesfield MP David Rutley and Andrew Arditti