McCausland Announces Over £50,000 For Free Wi-Fi In Newtownards, Comber and Donaghadee


Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced funding of £50,395 for free Wi-Fi in Newtownards, Comber and Donaghadee town centres.

This Wi-Fi provision in the Ards Borough Council area will see a total investment of £59,395 of which the Department for Social Development is contributing £50,395 and the Council £9,000. Ards Borough Council will be delivering the project and the free Wi-fi should be available by March 2014.

[caption id="attachment_40057" align="alignleft" width="330"]Free wi-fi is coming to areas of Nwtownards, Comber and Donaghadee. Free wi-fi is coming to areas of Newtownards, Comber and Donaghadee.[/caption]

Minister McCausland said: “Throughout Northern Ireland free Wi-fi, funded through my Department, has proved a popular and successful way for local traders to promote their goods and services and for shoppers to seek out the best offers.

“This project will give residents, visitors and businesses access to free Wi-Fi in the core commercial areas of Newtownards, Comber and Donaghadee, and will compliment the major public realm schemes also taking place in these towns.”

Commenting on the new Wi-Fi provision, Councillor Trevor Cummings, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee said: “There is no doubt that it is now the norm for people to access email and the web on the move and many find it frustrating not to have easy access to Wi-Fi in main population centres. This project will address that gap and in doing so, will hopefully also support local businesses by helping to attract and retain visitors to our commercial centres.”


The areas covered will be:

Newtownards – Regent St, Mill St, High St, Conway Square, Gibson’s Lane, South St, Frances St, Castle Place. Comber – Castle St, High St, The Square & Bridge St. Donaghadee – Shore St, Parade, New St, Bridge St & High St.