New ‘Wireless City’ nodes for city centre

Guildhall Square, Derry.
Guildhall Square, Derry.

Planning permission for an extension to Derry’s Wireless City project has been approved.

New infrastructure will now be added to three sites across the city centre in order to strengthen that already in place.

A wireless node will be installed in he Guildhall Tower.

Further wireless nodes are also set to be installed at Harbour House on Harbour Square and at Carlisle House at Horace Street.

A recommendation to approve the additional infrastructure was brought before Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee at its recent November meeting.

The equipment to be mounted will weigh just one kilogram and will be held in place through the use of a bracket.

In conclusion Planners recommended: “Having considered all material considerations before including the development plan; planning policies;consultations; site history and representations, we would recommend that the Planning Committee give consideration to this professional report and recommend to grant consent for this wireless node.”

Assurances were sought at the meeting that the colour of the infrastructure will integrate with the buildings they are to be attached to.

The Wireless City Project was started in 2005 and a Wireless City online map was launched by then Mayor, Councillor Kevin Campbell, back in 2012.

The aim of the Wireless City was to provide online access to local people and visitors in the heart of Derry’s city centre.

The online mapping project was a collaboration between Derry City Council, Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster.

The project was developed further in the run up to Derry becoming the first UK City of Culture in 2013, providing free internet access for up to an hour for local people and visitors.