By Dan Walsh
Funding to the tune of €319,000 has been announced for several connected hubs across Wexford under the Connected Hubs Scheme to enable them to enhance and add capacity to their remote working infrastructure and to assist hubs to deal with COVID related challenges.
€64,789.00 goes to Kilanerin Community Centre to upgrade existing remote working capacity, develop privacy pods and own door office spaces. The centre currently operates a remote hub (KCC Workspace) with hi-speed fibre broadband at Kilanerin Community Centre. Currently the shared community workspace consists of 10 dedicated workstations, 1 Private office and 1 Breakout / Meeting Room.
€36,890.00 for 61 North, Wexford town, to improve the existing facility through a general upgrade and modernisation, including improving security and access, improving accessibility, enhancing the internal and external aesthetics of the building.
€217,350 granted to Wexford County Council to upgrade nine Broadband Connection Points across the county. Each hub will be upgraded to provide an underlying physical network infrastructure as well as fitted with necessary fixtures and fittings – Askamore Childcare Centre, Ballyroebuck Hall, Raheen Family Resource Centre, Hook Head Lighthouse, Marshalstown GAA Club, Ballyfad Community Centre, St Mary’s GAA Club, Stella Maris Community Centre, Kilmore Quay and Wexford Swimming Pool.
News of the funding is welcomed by Deputy Paul Kehoe who told WexfordLocal.com; “One of the positives to take out of the last year and a half is that there has been an increased shift to working from home and OurRuralFuture recognises hubs as ideal locations for people to work remotely, as well as acting as key economic assets for towns and villages.
“We have an opportunity now to design our rural towns and villages to support a better work life balance for many people and to provide greater job opportunities outside of the cities.
“The investment announced today will provide an increased number of families and individuals with the option to live and work in our rural communities. Remote working from hubs and Broadband Connection Points benefitting from this funding will also support local economies and assist in reducing our carbon emissions,” concluded Deputy Kehoe.