Access to free and fast WiFi has been made available along the coast, providing a boost to the economy.

A new network has been installed at Charmouth Beach, providing connectivity over a significant area on both sides of the River Char at the popular family beach.

Charmouth Beach’s new, free public WiFi has been funded through the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio.

The aim is to enhance digital connectivity along Dorset’s coast, thereby promoting and boosting the Dorset economy.

The Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio of 18 projects received funding from the Coastal Communities Fund and is co-ordinated by Dorset Coast Forum.

Dorset Coastal Connections project officer Nikki Parker-Goadsby said: “We are really pleased that Charmouth Beach is benefitting from the Digital Connectivity funding which aims to promote Charmouth Beach to visitors coming to the Dorset coast.

“We look forward to more coastal communities also receiving free public WiFi as part of this project over the next year.”

Cllr Mary Penfold, West Dorset District Council’s portfolio holder for enabling, said: “It is fantastic news that free public WiFi is now available to both residents and visitors to Charmouth Beach.

“It’s boosting Dorset digitally and is a great addition to a popular seaside family destination.”

Also included in the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio are four developments at West Bay: the West Bay cycle access project; coastal defence works at East Beach, West Beach and the Parkdean site; improved access to East Beach and a welcome hub area between the George pub, harbour and seafood kiosks.