Broadband meetings in north Skye

Photograph: Richard Dorrell


Three public meetings are to be held in north Skye later this month to discuss a community-run broadband initiative.

Leading the project are the Glendale Trust, with the help of Community Broadband Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

The aim is to establish superfast broadband in Glendale (pictured), Waternish and Duntulm as those areas will be among the many to miss out on the roll-out of new fibre optic cable currently being undertaken by BT.

Elgar Finlay, who is leading the project on behalf of the Glendale Trust’s broadband working group, said: “It is clear that if the remote parts of Skye wish to remain sustainable they must keep pace with the provision of vital services. Proper super-fast broadband is essential for these communities, if we don’t take action now we will quite simply miss out. This project offers a huge opportunity to have vital state of the art robust infrastructure delivered. It will be exciting to see the communities in each of these areas working together to meet the needs of the businesses and individuals of north Skye.”

The process will start with an invitation to all members of the community to complete a questionnaire that will help establish the levels of interest in the project.

To hear more details and information about the project public meetings will be held in: Waternish community hall on 28th April at 7.30pm; Kilmuir hall on 29th April 7.30pm; and Glendale hall on 30th April at 7.30pm. Information can also be found on the North Skye Broadband Facebook page.