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Cyber cafe bids for net gains

WINSFORD is to go online with the opening of a cyber cafe.

WINSFORD is to go online with the opening of a cyber cafe.

The town already has one Internet cafe in Wharton, but now an entrance to cyberspace will serve the other half of the town from office space in High Street.

The cafe, is the brainchild of former Verdin High School pupil Jane Smith, who recognised the niche in the youth market for evening net entertainment. It is to be known as Jane's @Diction, after her favourite band, Jane's Addiction.

The project has already secured grant aid from Business Link and is waiting to hear news of other grants she has applied for.

Jane, 24, of the Grange, told the Chronicle: 'There is nothing for young people to do in the evenings and this will certainly help.

'At first I was going to open it in the shopping precinct and I was offered a shop, but I would have to close by 6pm at the latest and it is in the evenings when it is most needed.

'But I have had a lot of feedback from older people as well who have been asking me about the Internet.

'I got the idea in the first place because I have always been interested in computers and I use the Internet a lot at home.

'It's amazing the amount of people who come round asking if they can go online.'

Now Jane is hard at work at the premises in High Street to kit out the building with computers and Internet facilities.

When it is up and running, the cyber cafe will operate from 10am-10pm.

'We are putting in four computers to start us off. We will build it up as we go along,' she said.

'I will install a net nanny, so parents don't need to worry about youngsters gaining access to any material on the Internet that they shouldn't.'

Youth worker Graeme Bell said cyber cafes had already enjoyed a good deal of success in Winsford.

He said: 'I believe Vale Royal Borough Council has done some very good work in this area in Winsford.

'The cyber cafe at Wharton has been very well attended.

'Cyber cafes do work and hopefully it can benefit the High Street end of town.'


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