‘Struggling’ area could be first in Liverpool to get free WiFi

An area of Liverpool city centre could be the first in the city to get free wifi under plans set to be approved on Friday.

Liverpool Council's cabinet is set to endorse the next stages of a regeneration plan for the area around London Road, which it is now marketing as the 'Fabric District'.

Counci l documents say the neighbourhood, once the centre of Liverpool's textiles industry and still home to a number of fabric merchants and shops, has suffered from decline and struggled in recent decades.

However, the council hopes its location between the city centre and extensive new development towards the Knowledge Quarter and Paddington Village could turn its fortunes around.

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A vision for the area was launched in 2017 and an update set to be endorsed by the council's cabinet this week outlines the key improvements officers want for the area to help it thrive.

They include new homes and improvements to public space, as well as the creation of " Liverpool’s first free Wi-Fi zone".

The report says the framework for the area set to be endorsed on Friday will be used to guide development in the area in the coming years.

It says: "The framework will be used as an informal document to guide future development by setting out a number of key development principles which will, amongst other things, lead to further positive investment and development, encourage vibrant mixed use schemes, promoting a conducive environment with appropriate infrastructure and minimise the conflict between residential and employment uses."

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The report does not set out a potential date for the introduction of a free Wi-Fi zone in the Fabric District.

Liverpool's cabinet are set to meet in a virtual meeting this Friday.