02 DEC 2014

MP's Wealden survey sparks mobile coverage campaign

Public meeting in February to tackle mobile coverage black spots

Cranbrook 02-12-14 - Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald and Minister at the Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has launched a campaign to improve mobile phone coverage across the Weald.

The MP's latest constituency survey received over 600 responses from concerned residents with a large majority (70%) recording poor mobile signal locations, with black-spots apparent in most of the populated areas including Cranbrook, Benenden, Frittenden, Sissinghurst and Iden Green.

Helen has been able to map the problem postcodes to give an indication of the shape and location of the challenges (pictured right).

To tackle the problem Helen has invited the Government Minister responsible for mobile networks, Ed Vaizey, to join her at a public meeting in Cranbrook to talk about this issue, and other issues within his portfolio (e.g. broadband services), on Thursday February 12th 2015 at 7pm (venue to be confirmed).

The Weald MP will also be contacting the relevant mobile network operators for comment and proposals to rectify these poor service areas.

Commenting on the survey results, Helen said:

"I spend a lot of time in and around our Wealden villages and I very much share constituents' frustrations with difficulties in making calls, fluctuating signal strengths and losing connections mid-call.

"I am delighted that my colleague at the DCMS, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey has accepted my invitation to join me in Cranbrook to help solve this problem.

"If constituents would like to contact me on this or any other issue, please do not hesitate to do so. The best way to contact me is by emailing helen.grant.mp@parliament.uk, telephoning 0207 219 7107 or writing to me at my constituency office at Maidstone East Station Forecourt, Station Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1QN"

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