Wellington now has free town centre wifi. Anyone on High St, Fore St, South St or North St within about 400m of the traffic lights should be able to get online via either a simple one-time log on or via a Facebook or Twitter account.
The project has been funded by the economic development unit in Taunton council and is also available in Wiveliscombe and Taunton town centres.
Cllr Mark Edwards, Deputy Leader of the Council and executive member for business development said: I am delighted that open public Wi-Fi is now live. It will undoubtedly add to the attractiveness of these three towns for businesses, visitors and residents.
“We already enjoy great connectivity with superfast broadband access being rolled out across most of the district. Open public Wi-Fi is a worthwhile investment that means Taunton, Wellington and Wiveliscombe will be joining the growing list of Smart Places in Britain. This will be of great benefit to shoppers, visitors and traders alike.”
Wellington Business Association has worked with the council in the roll-out of the free wifi. “It has great potential and it’s now up to traders and other organisations to make the most of the opportunities it offers,” said WBA chair, Keith Wheatley.
The Council has invested in the roll-out and ongoing maintenance of the free external Wi-Fi which is designed to complement existing provision. It is working with organisations in each town who are helping to manage the landing pages which welcome visitors to Visit Taunton, Visit Wellington and Visit Wiveliscombe on social media.
Leader of the Council, Cllr John Williams said: “The success of this initiative is a testament to collaborative working. Our own staff including those at the DLO have worked alongside business partners and town councils to get open public Wi-Fi up and running.
“We also have to thank Pinacl for their expertise and Scottish Southern Electric for carrying out the installation on SCC owned lamp posts, along with those who have allowed use of their property to host the access points which includes Shaul`s bakery in Wellington, Wiveliscombe recreation ground and Somerset County Council`s library at Wiveliscombe.
“All that remains now is for the public to make the most of this great new service which we hope will become a ‘mine of information’ of what’s on or available in the respective towns.”