A North Wales council will set up a board to improve internet connections across the county.

Members of Conwy’s finance scrutiny committee will look at setting up the Digital Conwy Board.

Estimates show that there are 3,200 properties in Conwy that are unable to access SuperFast services.

The idea behind the board is that it will consider the best ways that different schemes for improving internet connections can work together.

A report before councillors meeting on Monday said: “Improving digital connectivity is one of the highest priorities for communities in Conwy

county, particularly those living in rural areas.

“It supports economic development, education, social care and could provide long-term solutions to healthcare provision.

“There are a number of different programmes and projects which are aimed at improving digital connectivity in Wales and it is important these are considered in an integrated way across the county.

“This report summarises the interventions available to Conwy in improving its connectivity and proposes the creation of the Digital Conwy Board which will ensure these opportunities are maximised in a complementary way.”

It added: “The council could support the recommendations to establish a Digital Conwy Board so to provide an integrated approach to improving digital connectivity across the County and also support that delegated authority be given to the Strategic Director, Economy & Place to approve the submission of grant applications relating to digital connectivity in consultation with the board.”

Cllr Mark Baker, the cabinet member responsible for communities, feels that broadband is a basic necessity for most people today.

He said:  “Digital connectivity has become a basic necessity for many people’s lives and those in rural areas have had to suffer poor connectivity for some time.

“I am hugely supportive of this report and the proposals for addressing the issues we currently face.”