Project:

The Last Few %

Overview:

Despite the rest of the UK benefiting from improved connectivity in recent years, parts of North Wales still lack consistent broadband coverage, which has impacted communities, businesses and the wider economy.

This project will address the 'digital divide' (the difference in connectivity quality between towns and rural communities) and consider how connectivity can reach the last of the region’s premises currently without superfast (30 megabits per second) broadband. It will aim to provide sustainable and affordable broadband connectivity to benefit North Wales communities and businesses.

Lead Sponsor:

Objective

Improve Connectivity

Extend superfast broadband to the remaining premises in the region currently without access

Investment Targets

£4m

Growth Deal

£0m

Other Public Sector

£0m

Private Sector

£4m

Total Investment

Which stage has the project reached?

Stage01.
Determine the Project context:

The planning phase of the spending proposal. Assessing the strategic context for the project and demonstrating how it provides synergy with other projects within the portfolio.

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Stage02.
Preparing the Strategic Outline Case:

The scoping phase of the project. Making the case for change and identifying the preferred way forward.

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Stage03.
Preparing the Outline Business Case:

The planning phase for the project. Identifying the options that provide value for money, confirming the affordability of the project and determining the arrangements for the successful delivery of the project. 

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Stage04.
Approval of the Outline Business Case:

The Outline Business Case is presented to the North Wales Economic Ambition Board for approval. When approved the procurement phase of the project can begin. 

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Stage05.
Preparing the Full Business Case:

The procurement phase of the project. Recording the findings of the procurement and confirming the management arrangements for the delivery, monitoring and evaluation of the project.  

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Stage06.
Approval of the Full Business Case:

The Full Business Case is presented to the North Wales Economic Ambition Board for approval. When approved the implementation phase of the project can begin. 

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Stage07.
Project implementation and monitoring:

The project implementation phase. The Full Business Case is used as a reference point to deliver the project and monitor progress. 

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Stage08.
Project Evaluation:

The post project implementation stage. Evaluating how well the project was delivered and lessons learnt.  The Full Business Case is used to determine the extent the anticipated benefits were delivered and realised.

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Key Members

  • Elen Edwards Section Head – Economic Development, Conwy County Borough Council
  • Stuart Whitfield Digital Programme Manager
  • Kirrie Roberts Digital Connectivity Project Manager