A MULTI-MILLION pound project will benefit Chirk and the Ceiriog Valley by delivering high-speed fibre broadband.
The towns are among 13 across Wrexham and Flintshire, and 151 towns and villages across Wales, to benefit from the latest round of the Superfast Cymru roll-out.
However, residents and businesses will have to wait until March 2015 to receive the broadband boost as the area, along with Hanmer, Overton-on-Dee and Redbrook Maelor, will be the last of three updates.
The first in Flintshire and across Wrexham county borough areas, Bangor-on-Dee, Dutton Diffeth, Rossett, Ruabon and Rhos, are expected by September next year.
But despite the 18-month delay, Chirk Town Council chairman Councillor Frank Hemmings said it was “excellent news.”
He continued: “We have reasonable broadband, but getting higher speeds will be great.
“It’ll be useful for small firms and the town council – it’s a really useful bonus for Chirk.”
The fibre broadband improvements are a joint initiative from the Welsh Government and BT, with £58m coming from the Senedd.
A further £57 million in investment has been provided from Westminster through Broadband Delivery UK.
The initiative is hoping to deliver increased broadband speeds to 96 per cent of homes and businesses in Wales by the end of 2015.
Ken Skates, AM for Clwyd South and Minister for Skills and Innovation, said: “The dedication of the Superfast Cymru programme is clearly illustrated through our commitment to delivering superfast fibre broadband across Wales.”
While Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones MP, added: “By 2015 we will have achieved a truly remarkable transformation in broadband provision in Wales.
“Speeds will be dramatically faster and both fixed and mobile superfast broadband will be widespread.
“We’ll have transformed connectivity in the majority of Welsh rural communities.”