Barnsley kicks off early-engagement exercise for digital-mobility plans

Written by Sam Trendall on 23 February 2018 in News

Local authority issues call for input from potential suppliers

Barnsley Town Hall is located in the town centre Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0

The South Yorkshire town of Barnsley has kicked off an early-engagement exercise asking suppliers to help it formulate a plan for “enabling digital mobility”.

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council has put out a call to engage with suppliers who might be interested in helping to develop its plans and, perhaps, ultimately assist in bringing them to fruition. Details are scarce, but the council has picked out three key facets of digital mobility it wishes to focus on: connecting town-centre buildings; a wireless network for public spaces; and perimeter defences.

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Any potential suppliers wishing to get involved in the exercise has until 21 May get in touch with the council.

The council serves a metropolitan area containing almost 240,000 citizens. Statistics on the authority’s website indicate that the area has comparatively poor digital skills. 
More than one in four adults – 27% – lack basic digital skills, including 17.9% who have never been online. Of the 73% who do possess some digital skills, just under half – 36% – have used them recently.


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