The project to bring a better broadband service to Highland Perthshire (HP) continues as HPCP and partner PGL Dalguise link up to connect a part of Highland Perthshire that suffers from connection speeds of 0.5mbps or less. This service will allow PGL to continue to grow their business and secure more employment in the area for years to come.
This very welcome addition brings the Highland Perthshire Communities Partnership (HPCP) network to 50 subscribers (monthly contracts), 75 seasonal subscribers, 18 small businesses, 5 commercial enterprises, a regular service to the Blair Castle Horse Trials plus over 12,000 annual users at Blair Castle Caravan Park.
The network jointly funded, initially by Perth & Kinross Council (PKC), Griffin Wind Farm Fund and Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) has four transmitters; Pitlochry (two), Struan and now at Rotmell serving Dalguise and surrounding communities.
This offers wide geographic coverage with options to connect more premises as and when the opportunity arises.
With wireless connections not dependent on a properties’ distance from a BT exchange, and with connection speed of 16Mbps and prices in line with those charged by BT, the service is proving to be a lifeline to existing businesses and residents.
This is kindling growth and attracting new business to the area, with now in excess of 300 people connected to a useable internet bandwidth on a daily basis that could not do so before the HPCP initiative.
The original HPCP Broadband pilot project targeted 60 subscriber connections on a budget of £120,000 which included core infra-structure allowing future expansion to additional communities.
Government statistics say that the national economic impact to rural areas is around £2.0 billion annually and growing. Figures produced for areas similar to Highland Perthshire suggest this project is, today, worth around £4-5m per annum to Highland Perthshire, and growing.
The social benefits are almost impossible to calculate but there will be a positive impact on rural populations, school numbers and local services.
HPCP chairman Graham Huggins commented, “This has been a long and very difficult challenge with many setbacks which CBS acknowledge were not of our own making. We are very proud of what we have achieved in what has been, at times, very trying circumstances. Great credit must go to all the team at HPCP especially our core volunteers.
In light of recent ill-informed comments in the press from Murdo Fraser MSP, we would like to invite him to make his first visit to HPCP when we can give him a better understanding of who we are and what we have and want to achieve”.
Mr Huggins went on to say “The Dalguise phase of the project is a tremendous example of a commercial enterprise and its local community getting together, in this case Dalguise residents and PGL, and working closely to achieve a common goal. Great credit must also go to PGL for their foresight in recognising the benefits of our service to their business and community and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership”.
HPCP operates as an umbrella organisation for 24 voluntary groups & organisations across Highland Perthshire and is registered as a charity in Scotland with OSCR No. SC041120.
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Perth College UHI is holding a 5K Fun Run on Sunday 30 October 2016 and would like as many businesses as possible to get involved and help raise funds for their new Academy of Sport and Wellbeing.
It will be a great day for all the family as there will be other activities including taster sessions on the new Climbing Chamber, opportunities for massage and Face Painting and a BBQ so please come along and join the fun.
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Perth Autism Support will be visiting Heartland FM in Perth during Heartland Breakfast with Robert Dow after 9.00am on Wednesday 30 November to chat about their Christmas song and fundraising and the work that Perth Autism Support provides.
Thirty of the children that the charity supports feature on the song as well as two of the local choirs from Perth Grammar School and the Community School of Auchterarder.
The song and the video were both released on Sunday 27 November at Perth Playhouse cinema.
Kathleen MacLeod, Fundraising and Events Assistant at
Perth Autism Support says: "We have been lucky enough to make it to number 10 in the New Releases Chart on Amazon and number 5 in the Movers and Shakers Amazon Chart.
We are hoping to raise more awareness of Autism over the festive period and celebrate the children’s achievements in participating with the Christmas single."
Perth Autism Support currently has 550 families registered in Perth and Kinross who access the organisations services.
Perth Autism Support is the only Autism specific service provider for children up to the age of 18 in Perth and Kinross.
More information online at: www.perthautismsupport.org.uk
The Blair Castle bagpipe-playing Santa Claus returns to Blair Atholl on 11 and 18 December.
Santa will be in residence in his magical grotto located in one of the oldest parts of the castle and where boys and girls can tell him what they want for Christmas.
You can visit Santa in his magical Castle grotto this year to tell him the all-important presents on your wish list.
Children will receive an early Christmas present from the man himself and if you're lucky, you'll hear Christmas jingles on the bagpipes.
Santa will be at Blair Castle on Sunday 11 December and Sunday 18 December 2016.
To book, call Blair Castle on 01796 481207 or go online to: http://www.blair-castle.co.uk
Also, you can enjoy a tour of Blair Castle decorated as it was for Christmas during the Victorian era when the 7th Duke of Atholl lived there with his family.
Finish your visit with a stroll around the gardens and grounds in the crisp, winter air, before warming in the restaurant – or in the Ballroom (pictured) if you're opting for the Christmas Sunday Lunch in front of the roaring fires!
The River Tay passing through Perth.
Heartland Radio Foundation Ltd., which trades as and operates Heartland FM, and New Wave Media Ltd., have welcomed the Ofcom decision which seals an agreement between Heartland FM and Wave 102.
The partnership will see Wave 102 expand beyond Dundee and North Fife into the city of Perth.
It will result in Heartland FM retaining its Pitlochry and Aberfeldy transmitter on 97.5 FM with Perthshire output and a support service from Wave 102 during certain periods.
The deal increases Wave 102's potential listenership from 155,000 to over 200,000 making it one of the largest markets in the North of Scotland.
The Chairman of Heartland Radio Foundation, Graham Huggins said: “The prospect of working with Wave 102 is very exciting which will help secure the future of 97.5 Heartland FM and see it continue to be the market leading radio station for Highland Perthshire, super serving local audiences with our mix of talented local presenters and loyal local advertisers”.
New Wave Media Ltd., which owns Wave 102, Managing Director Adam Findlay (pictured) said: ”We are delighted to have this agreement approved by broadcasting regulator Ofcom and we very much look forward to working with Heartland FM. This is good news for both Wave 102 and Heartland FM advertisers and great news for listeners which will see an increased level of local news for Tayside as we introduce an hourly news bulletin with increased news and features for Perth and the surrounding area”.
The transfer of the licence was following Ofcom’s decision on Tuesday 25 October 2016 with the aim to have the enhanced Perth news service up and running before Christmas.
Heartland Radio Foundation Ltd., will continue to operate and hold the Ofcom broadcasting licence for 97.5 Heartland FM to serve Pitlochry, Aberfeldy, Dunkeld and surrounding areas of Highland Perthshire. There is some limited reception coverage of Heartland on 97.5 FM around the Perth area.
Aberfeldy in Highland Perthshire will continue to be served by 97.5 Heartland FM with Perthshire news and information.
New Wave Media is the managing company for Original 106 (Aberdeen & NE Scotland); Wave 102 (Dundee) and 103.1 Central FM (Stirling, Falkirk, Forth Valley).
New Wave Media was set-up in 2007 by Adam Findlay with a radio philosophy that it is all about keeping it local.
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