The centre of Reepham in particular appears to be out of range for adequate mobile signal coverage, as the map [for Vodafone coverage] below shows.
If you were to walk up to the Stony Lane area you would automatically achieve a 4G signal – in central Reepham we are fortunate if we get one bar.
The majority of traders in the Market Place are also experiencing the same problem.
This really is unacceptable to those of us in the centre of Reepham, who are also part of the community.
There is a tower behind the fire station at the now-relocated police station, which could be an ideal position for Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three to share and install suitable equipment.
Considering many of us are now working from or based at home, it is essential that we all have sufficient coverage, particularly during these changing and challenging times.
I have also met people who have fallen over and who have had no mobile signal to call the NHS.
The doctor’s surgery in Reepham is also finding this problematic for their patients with the lack of a mobile signal that is necessary for SMS messages.
A landline is totally unsuitable as some people believe, as it does not cover text messages, which are important for online banking, scanning, QR codes, etc.
It is now time for those affected to approach Broadland District Council to change this to make Reepham a more sustainable community with improved communications for all.
If you are affected by an inadequate mobile signal, please email so we can change this situation as soon as possible.
Valérie Harfield-Simpson, Church Street, Reepham