Public WiFi for Welwyn Garden City town centre?

PUBLISHED: 16:52 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:13 04 April 2018

Welwyn Garden City could get public WiFi in the town centre. Picture: Harry Hubbard

Welwyn Garden City could get public WiFi in the town centre. Picture: Harry Hubbard


Proposals for public WiFi in Welwyn Garden City town centre are being considered by the town’s Business Improvement District Board (BID), according to a council report.

BID was set up in April 2017 and is funded by businesses to bring about improvements and generate greater footfall in the town centre.

WGC BID is currently considering proposals for public WiFi and has recently approved proposals for some additional flower baskets and columns, which will be on show from later in the spring.

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BID is also planning a range of events for the coming year including a garden fair, Animal Antics and an outdoor cinema.

A Welwyn Hatfield Council report on the town centre touched on the success of the Christmas lights switch-on, organised by BID, but added: “Next year there will be more focus on how to manage crowds safely.

“One of the challenges faced was antisocial behaviour towards the end of the event, which will also be looked at for 2018.”

The report noted: “The Christmas light switch-on event continues to grow year on year.

“Father Christmas constantly had a queue and the snow globe was a real crowd pleaser.

“The donkey rides and stilt walkers were also very popular and drew big crowds.

“There were lots of families and young children who could enjoy a range of foods and live performances.

“In spite of the public’s negative reaction to a proposed celebrity turning the lights on, the event was very well attended.”

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