Dundee’s new free public wifi will not be ready to go for the opening of the V&A in September, a city councillor has discovered.
West End councillor Fraser Macpherson said he had been pressing Dundee City Council’s city development chiefs for an update on the new service, which was meant to be in place for the museum’s opening.
The V&A’s opening weekend is expected to see up to 20,000 people descend on the waterfront for the special 3D festival, featuring music legends Primal Scream.
However, executive director for city development Mike Galloway told Mr Macpherson that “complexities” in the project had forced the local authority to push the start date back.
Mr Macpherson said: “The bottom line is that I was assured as recently as May that a temporary wifi facility for Slessor Gardens and the surrounding area would be up and running at the end of July with Union Street, Crichton Street, Castle Street and Reform Street operational no later than September 7.
“That’s clearly now not going to happen and I have made clear that we need momentum behind this to ensure delivery of free public wifi for Dundee as soon as practical in the autumn, given that the original target delivery dates have clearly been missed.”
Deployment maps seen by the Tele show that as early as January this year wifi was expected to be in place at the Waterfront by the end of August.
However, that was later pushed back to mid-November and now could be even later than expected.
Mr Macpherson added: “It is frankly disappointing that it will not now be in place for the V&A opening. There now needs to be a redoubling of efforts to ensure that it is delivered.”