If broadband services are to improve in the Machars, residents must be proactive and register their concerns at the www.southofscotland broadband.co.uk website.
That was the clear message spelled out to the public by members of Whithorn Community Council at their monthly meeting last Thursday evening.
Chairman John Wilson said that so far registration had been very low at four per cent and the message needed to get through to people that registering would help bring a better broadband speed to the area. Mr Wilson added that community council members would have to make personal visits to the outlying areas to spread the broadband gospel.
Mid Galloway Councillor Jim McColm commented that poor broadband speed was one of the things that all community councils had in common. Fellow councillor Alistair Geddes suggested getting in touch with Wigtown Community Council and get a keynote speaker such as the council’s chief executive Gavin Stevenson along to kickstart registration interest. The councillors felt that the broadband problem highlighted the need for a federation of community councils to be established.In September 2011, the South of Scotland Alliance (SoSA) submitted a Local Broadband Plan to the Scottish government. This plan was used by the Scottish government to develop a National Infrastructure Plan for the rest of Scotland and, as a result, the South of Scotland Alliance (SoSA) is hoping to be one of the first areas for roll-out. Registering your interest will demonstrate to the Scottish government and the commercial suppliers that there is sufficient demand for better broadband across the south of Scotland. The information provided will identify the areas that currently have good or bad services.