MP hosts Heathfield broadband meeting

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BEXHILL AND Battle MP Greg Barker - whose constituency boundary now extends to include Heathfield and Broad Oak - has called a round table meeting for local businesses, voluntary groups and individuals to spell out the ambitious plans for the rollout of the Local Broadband Plan. The meeting takes place at 10am on Friday, March 2 at Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane.

Speaking in Heathfield last week, Greg said: “I am determined that this constituency will be at the forefront of the broadband revolution. I know how important quick and reliable broadband is, especially to small and medium-sized enterprises. I hope that this roundtable will be a great opportunity for local businesses to find out more about the Local Broadband Plan and to ask the questions important to local firms.”

At the East Sussex Town and Parish Council Broadband Conference hosted by County last December, people who attended were told that local businesses and individuals, especially those in rural areas, need to work closely with their parish and town councillors to ensure superfast broadband comes to their area. The Business Broadband Roundtable will be therefore be an ideal opportunity for local businesses to learn more about how they get involved in this process and get access to superfast broadband as quickly as possible.

The meeting is open to all local businesses and voluntary organisations but places are limited and need to be booked in advance. Anyone interested should contact Frances McKenna at the constituency office on: 01424 734910 or to secure a place.

Greg Barker held an informal ‘surgery’ in Sainsbury’s Heathfield last week when he discussed local concerns with shoppers and visitors.