Digital signs working again after long wait

Digital information boards which have been out of use since Christmas are finally working again.

Wednesday, 15th August 2018, 4:06 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th August 2018, 4:08 pm
Electronic street sign in Berwick

The boards on Marygate and at the Castlegate car park had been displaying out-of-date information for several months until they were finally switched off earlier in the summer.

The internet device that provides data to the digital information boards on Marygate and the entrance to the Castlegate car park was hacked into and used to access the web – leaving Berwick Town Council with a bill of £2,500, which it refused to pay.

The signs are now believed to be safe from hacking.

The additional technical solution is costing the town council an extra £1,000 a year.

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Mr Davies indicated last month that a further piece of work will be done to find outhow useful they are - to residents, visitors and local organisatons.

The boards will also be used to alert drivers of disruption during the Premier Inn build on Sandgate and to inform people that Bridge Street remains open for business.

The boards were purchased by Berwick Deserves Better (BDB) for £30,000 with Portas funds.