Six publicly-owned buildings in Filey are to benefit from inclusion in a £15.1m project providing high-speed broadband to public sector sites in North Yorkshire.

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The Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) project is the result of a successful bid by the North Yorkshire County Council and its wholly-owned high-speed connectivity provider, NYnet, supported by the county’s seven district councils, to the Government’s Local Full Fibre Networks Challenge Fund.

The project, which got underway in October, was originally planned to connect some 340 public buildings in 16 towns in the county to a gigabit fibre network. Filey had not been identified as one of these towns, but progress with the project has been such that this coastal town has now been included.

Six sites will be connected up, making a total of 60 across the Scarborough and Filey area. These include the Fire Station, the Library and Filey Surgery.

The contractor for the project is Leeds-based SCD Group. The fibre network is being installed using narrow trenches mainly under footpaths and verges, with some work on the public highway. Over 7km of fibre has already been laid in Filey. Very little disruption is expected to be caused by the works since traffic levels at the moment are very low.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said: “This is very good news for Filey and we are very pleased that we have made such good progress with the project to be able to add the town to the initial list of communities in the scheme. The LFFN programme brings about a remarkable upgrade in the county’s digital infrastructure, which will result in major economic benefits and a future-proofed network.”

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