Conwy Cynhaliol, the Rural Development programme for Conwy, has passed the first application stage of the Rural Community Development Fund with three projects to “Connect Rural Conwy”.

If successful in the second stage, the projects will enable some of the deeper rural areas (that weren’t covered by the Superfast Cymru programme) to access a broadband service that will deliver superfast connections (30 Mbps and over).

Using wireless technology would mean that properties outside of villages, which until now have been too far away from enabled telephone exchanges, could benefit from these faster speeds without the need for fibre to be connected to their properties.

The projects would cover areas around the villages of Llanfair Talhaiarn to Llansannan; Llanrwst to Llangernyw; and Nebo to Capel Garmon, along the A5 corridor.

Elen Edwards, the Rural Development Manager for Conwy County Borough Council, said “Improving digital connectivity is one of the highest priorities for communities in Conwy County, particularly those living in rural areas. It supports economic development, education, social care and could provide long-term solutions to healthcare provision. Approval of these applications and delivery for our communities would be a huge step in tackling digital poverty”.

The Conwy Cynhaliol team are now actively working up full applications and the results of the second stage will hopefully be known early 2019.