Broadband scheme to get extra £1.25m

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Plans to spend an extra £1.25million on superfast broadband have been tabled by West Sussex County Council.

Lionel Barnard, the Cabinet member for residents services, has agreed to make the funds available in an attempt to meet the government’s target of securing and extending coverage of superfast broadband to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017.

The £1.25m will match funding allocated to West Sussex by the government and will take the amount spent by the county council on the scheme to £6.26million.

A report into the funding stated: “The government grant is dependent on match funding by the local authority. If the grant is not matched funded it will not be allocated.”

The allocation for West Sussex was one of the lowest in the south east, with only East Sussex, Brighton and Hove receiving less money.

The highest grant was given to Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton, which received £8.74m.

County councillors have until Friday (May 16) to call in Cllr Barnard’s decision for debate.

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