Digital Rooftops is a project that improves connectivity for our residents, provides digital skills support and brings in much needed funding that goes back into looking after our council homes.
Since 2016 the council has rented some of our council-owned rooftops to mobile network operators and wireless broadband providers like EE, who install telecoms equipment on the roofs.
The sites are carefully chosen (for example, we need to make sure that bats aren’t nesting there) and currently there are 39 roofs in the borough with telecoms equipment – 25 mobile phone and 14 wireless broadband.
Residents and businesses benefit from better broadband, phone signal and speeds and the income generated from leasing the roof space helps to provide important housing services to the whole borough.
The money that Digital Rooftops brings in in one year could:
• fund 18 neighbourhood housing officers or
• replace 294 boilers or
• refurbish 180 kitchens.
Digital Rooftops also funds the Connecting Community Spaces project, which provides free wifi in Tenant and Residents' Association (TRA) halls and digital skills training for communities.