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Englefield family call for improved internet access in Ulleskelf
A FAMILY from North Yorkshire has appealed to their MP to help improve internet access in the area, saying slow connections are hindering their children’s education.
The Englefield family, of Ulleskelf, have to make a two-hour round trip to get decent access to the internet, despite faster broadband already being offered in nearby Tadcaster.
Bridget Englefield, of Church Fenton Lane, said she hoped the focus for broadband rollout would be on smaller villages rather than larger towns, as the lack of internet access meant youths were left with nothing to do.
Mrs Englefield said: “Although it would be nice to have it in Tadcaster, it’s more important to look at the outlying villages that have few provisions for teenagers where the internet is the one form of entertainment they have. Particularly with the cutbacks in public transport it’s difficult for teens to get out and do things.
“There probably aren’t a lot of really rural villages in the Selby area, but Ulleskelf is one of them. Because we have such little contact with the towns because of the contact problems.”
Mrs Englefield’s three sons, Dale, 16, Hugh, 14, and Miles, 10, have to take turns on the computer if internet access is required.
Due to current internet speeds, the family often have to travel to their grandfather’s house in Newark, Nottinghamshire, to complete their homework.
Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty, has launched a consultation to have free WiFi in Tadcaster, with fast and reliable connections at homes and businesses to the east of the River Wharfe.
He said: “Ulleskelf is a village I have been aware of for a number of years with a poor level of broadband speed. My team and I have been working on this for well over a year.
“We already have a WiFi service available in the village, which I launched about a year ago, which has had a very low take-up.
“However, I am pleased to report having had some issues with power to the cabinet the work is scheduled to be completed in April to bring superfast broadband to Ulleskelf.
“The cable has already been laid, the cabinet is already installed, but there have been delays getting power to it.”
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