Faster internet is on the way

COUNTY council leaders have approved a financial plan which paves the way to unlock a £7.39 million government boost for improved broadband in Derbyshire.

Members of Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet agreed to underwrite the match funding from the authority’s reserves to meet the Government’s end of February application deadline.

The money would have been lost had the council not matched it. The council is already working to gain funding from other sources towards the amount it has under-written and doesn’t expect to spend the full amount.

Cllr Kevin Parkinson said: “This is great news for Derbyshire. “Having superfast broadband widely available will benefit residents and businesses and set Derbyshire apart as a prime location for investment.”