A call is being made to improve mobile phone coverage across the county. The issue will be discussed at a County Council meeting next Wednesday at Shire Hall.
Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance & Change and recently appointed Chair of the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee, Cllr. Paul Hodgkinson (LD: Bourton-on-the-water and Northleach) will call for an investigation on how mobile phone companies can provide better coverage in Gloucestershire.
Cllr. Hodgkinson said: “There are many black holes across the county in so many villages and even towns where there is little or even worse no mobile coverage.
“If you live in an isolated village or travel on quiet roads you want some reassurance that you can contact someone easily.
“Better mobile coverage not only adds to personal security but is also an essential pre-requisite for running a business from home. There are many small businesses based in our villages and they require easy communication.”
“As I travel around my own district in the Cotswolds there are only two areas I can get a 3G or 4G signal – around Tetbury and Cirencester. In lots of other places people would be happy with 1G let alone anything else!”
Cllr. Joe Harris (LD: Cirencester Park) who will be supporting calls for better phone coverage also said that:
“Residents and businesses across the county should be getting the service that they rightly deserve. It is for the mobile phone operators to start listening to people’s frustrations and get on with providing good and reliable coverage.
“Calling for better mobile phone coverage goes hand in hand with calling for personal security something that really must be taken seriously by those operators across Gloucestershire”.
The following motion is to be debated on Wednesday 8th July 2015: -
Motion – Mobile Phone Coverage
This Council notes the poor or non existent mobile phone coverage in many parts of rural Gloucestershire and in some towns.
This Council recognises that good coverage can help avoid isolation, improve personal security and is good for the local economy.
This Council therefore requests the Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee investigates how mobile phone companies can provide better coverage in Gloucestershire.
Proposed by - Cllr. Paul Hodgkinson
Seconded by - Cllr: Joe Harris