SOUTH Derbyshire’s biggest ever broadband transformation has been boosted with news that a council has secured £2.5 million of European backing.
Derbyshire County Council is leading the Digital Derbyshire project and last year pledged £7.39m to unlock the same amount of Government funding from its Broadband Development UK programme – meaning at least £14.78m will be invested to improve services in the county.
Now the county council has secured £2.5m in European Regional Development Fund backing, which will target businesses and offset the level of its own investment.
Councillor Joan Dixon, the council’s cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport said: “This is great news for our work to deliver Derbyshire’s biggest ever broadband transformation and will reduce the cost to the council and Derbyshire tax payers.
“Digital Derbyshire will benefit residents and businesses alike and this European Regional Development Fund grant will help us target small and medium sized businesses with improved service access – many of which currently struggle with little or no broadband.”
The council will sign a contract with a company in summer.