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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

A growing chorus of voices are calling for action to be taken to improve broadband in rural south Gloucestershire. 

Local residents and politicians have come together to express their unhappiness after villages in the area  were removed from plans to improve connectivity in the county, the Bristol Post reports. 

Sue Hope, councillor for Cotswold Edge, told the newspaper: "Many local residents in rural parts of south Gloucestershire are upset that they have been short-changed, yet again."

She claimed the local council had promised to bring super-fast broadband to villages such as Hawkesbury Upton only to then cancel these plans, meaning residents of the area are "left in the slow lane".

Mike Drew, a spokesperson for the Liberal Democrat Resources, said people living in south Gloucestershire's rural communities have been "left high and dry" when it comes to broadband.

He revealed the Lib Dems have asked Gloucestershire County Council to look into how this situation can be improved.