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Free public WiFi plan for Harris Museum and Flag Market

Posted on - 31st October, 2016 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News
Jon Finch says he wants to bring the Harris "into the 21st century" Pic: Tony Worrall

Jon Finch says he wants to bring the Harris “into the 21st century” Pic: Tony Worrall

One of the main gripes Prestonian’s have with the Harris Museum is set to be resolved.

As well as potentially getting a new entrance way there’s also going to be a strong signal coming from the Harris Museum and Art Gallery – thanks to new WiFi.

Current connections within the Museum, library and gallery and into the Flag Market are ‘inadequate’ according to new report.

A £35,000 spend on new equipment to beef up the WiFi signal in the building and surrounding area is expecting to be signed off.

A statement from council officers in their proposal says: “In summary, the implementation of building WiFi will enhance the Harris offering now making it more attractive to visitors and potentially encouraging more corporate or private rental of gallery spaces to increase revenue.

“The current lack of public WiFi is the source of most customer complaints.”

Read more: What Prestonians asked Jon Finch about the grand plan for the Harris

The WiFi plans come as the city council is readying to submit a £15m lottery funding bid for re-imagining the Harris – which includes restoring the Lancaster Road entrance to the building and opening up a new entrance through the wall that faces onto the Flag Market.

How the Harris Museum may look in future with an entrance direct from the Flag Market

How the Harris Museum may look in future with an entrance direct from the Flag Market

If approved by the city council’s cabinet the WiFi system will cost £2,000-a-year to maintain.

Councillors are due to meet on Wednesday 9 November to consider the request for funding.

What do you think of the proposal? How do you rate WiFi in Preston city centre? Let us know in the comments below

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