Decision details

Notice of Motion: Mobile internet access

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

Proposed by Councillor Fitter-Harding, seconded by Councillor Williams.

This council notes how essential smartphones and high speed mobile internet access are to the residents and businesses of our district, and those who visit it from all over the world.

Although most of the district has good coverage, the centre of Canterbury is particularly underserved - partly due to the medieval buildings and street layout.

Therefore this council:

- Undertakes to lobby mobile phone providers to improve their service.
- Undertakes to work with mobile infrastructure providers to improve the masts and coverage in the city centre.
- Will work with our partners to deploy free WiFi in key areas of the city centre.

Decisions:

(A) The following motion had been received for the meeting which was proposed by Councillor Fitter-Harding and seconded by Councillor Williams -

 

“This council notes how essential smartphones and high speed mobile internet access are to the residents and businesses of our district, and those who visit it from all over the world.

 

Although most of the district has good coverage, the centre of Canterbury is particularly underserved - partly due to the medieval buildings and street layout.

 

Therefore this council:

 

-      Undertakes to lobby mobile phone providers to improve their service.

-      Undertakes to work with mobile infrastructure providers to improve the masts and coverage in the city centre.

-      Will work with our partners to deploy free WiFi in key areas of the city centre.”

 

The Lord Mayor allowed the Motion to be dealt with at the meeting.

 

WHEREUPON

 

(B) Councillor Eden-Green proposed and Councillor Dixey that the motion be amended by inserting the following words:

 

“…after this council undertakes to consult with residents and other interested parties with a view to...”

 

The amendment was debated. When put to a vote it was lost.

 

Record of the voting:

 

For (5): Councillors Dixey, Eden-Green, MacCaul, Metcalf, H.Taylor

Against (23): Councillors B.Baker, N.Baker, Baldock, Bartley, Butcher, Clark, A.Cook, S.Cook, Doyle, Fitter-Harding, Hirst, Howes, L.Jones, Samper, I.Stockley, J.Stockley, D.Thomas, R.Thomas, Todd, Warley, Waters, Westgate, Williams

Abstained (5): Councillors Glover, Sonnex, Spooner, A.Taylor, I.Thomas

 

(C) Following debate the original motion was put to a vote and it was AGREED as set out in (A).

 

Record of the voting:

 

For (29): Councillors B.Baker, N.Baker, Baldock, Bartley, Butcher, Clark, A.Cook, S.Cook, Dixey, Doyle, Fitter-Harding, Glover, Hirst, Howes, L.Jones, MacCaul, Samper, Sonnex, I.Stockley, J.Stockley, A.Taylor , D.Thomas, I.Thomas, R.Thomas, Todd, Warley, Waters, Westgate, Williams

Against : None

Abstain (4): Councillors Eden-Green, Metcalf, Spooner, H.Taylor

Report author: Josie Newman

Publication date: 20/05/2019

Date of decision: 25/04/2019

Decided at meeting: 25/04/2019 - Council