Free Wi-Fi could be coming to Maidenhead and Windsor town centres

12:00PM, Friday 22 April 2016

Free Wi-Fi could be coming to Maidenhead and Windsor town centres

The Royal Borough is expected to award a contract to provide free Wi-Fi to the town centres of Maidenhead and Windsor for 10 years.

The plan, discussed at last night's corporate services overview and scrutiny committee, is to offer an app for mobile devices that will then connect to internet services in the towns.

The company InTechnology WiFi is set to be confirmed as the provider at Tuesday night's full council meeting. It will also be noted that the contract award will involve an annual concession fee of £6,450, plus a 25 per cent share of all revenue generated from the contract.

Cllr Simon Werner, (Lib Dem, Pinkneys Green) said: "We are a communications hub and it seems sensible to be at the forefront of this kind of development."

The overspend on the Stafferton Link scheme was also raised at the meeting, held at the Maidenhead Town Hall.

Last month it was revealed that the scheme was over budget by £1.25 million.

A report highlighting where the overspend came from as well as the overall benefits of the Stafferton Link will be presented to full council on Tuesday.

Discussing the overspend, Simon Fletcher, strategic director of operations and customer service said: "We lost focus on cost for the scheme and were focused on quality and speed of the scheme. There was a desire to have it open as soon as possible."

The council's lead member for finance Cllr Simon Dudley (Con, Maidenhead Riverside) is looking into the overspend, and the claims from lead contractor Balfour Beatty of what extra works had to be done.

The Royal Borough full council is meeting on Tuesday at the Windsor Guildhall at 7.30pm.


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