Broadband in the Neighbourhood Plan

Today is the closing date for Ewhurst and Ellens Green Neighbourhood Plan Survey entries. These can be completed online at the link below. Question 12 asks you to rate the broadband infrastructure to your household, and question 14 provides a box for you to suggest improvements to be included in the plan, such as FTTP. Please help us to prove there is demand for the service in our Parish! In case you missed it last week, I have added the link to an excellent BBC report on a community led ultrafast broadband installation.

Link to Neighbourhood Plan Survey

Neighbourhood FTTP Proposals

BBC Video report on community FTTP (click the tractor!)

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8 Responses to Broadband in the Neighbourhood Plan

  1. David Nye says:

    There’s more on the community project at
    (see newer links in the comments) and more about local FTTP at

  2. David Nye says:

    The Survey submission deadline has now been moved to the end of September.

  3. Walter says:

    You might be interested in seeing Dr peter Cochrane’s view on the Uk’s broadband provision here:-

    Incidentally Peter is also very critical over the UK’s lack of generation capacity quoting a recent demand to industry from National grid to reduce load when there was less than 500 MW margin in warm weather with low winds. We must all hope we avoid high pressure calm with very cold temperatures.

  4. Walter says:

    B4RN have expanded from the original 8 parishes to 41 Parishes now. The link below shows an interesting “young” group of North Yorkshire Parishes who are about to start digging and mole-ploughing in their fibre ducts.

    Unlike others, the B4RN true symmetric dual diverse-routed Fibre-To-The-Home deign concept is almost totally elastic as has been demonstrated many times already. A single fibre can easily accommodate 32 wavelengths each capable of providing a 10,000 Mbps channel. B4RN have over 1,500 subscribers who only pay £30.00 (inc. VAT) per month and they’ve still got more than 25 wavelengths available. As a Community Interest Company shareholders cannot profit, except for the interest paid, so it’s quite possible that the monthly fees will be reduced once the loans and shares have been repaid.

    On past performance I would expect some to be connected at 1,000 Mbps both upload and download towards the end of Spring 2016.

  5. Walter says:

    This video shows the indomitable Chris Conder MBE as the main commentator. Well done to Suzette and the boys too. Starring volunteers from all over the patch who were digging and blowing in the snow last Februrary. You’ll see fibre blowing and fusing as well as many other facets of the fantastic B4RN project. Note that many farmers have a simpler mole-ploughing attachment that fits directly on the back of a tractor. It has a removable back-plate so allows continuous lengths of tube to be laid out over fields and under
    hedges etc. The 16 mm tube is remarkably light; even I have pulled it over fields on my own. Note also that well over 1,500 symmetric 1,000 Mbps services are now operational over 41 parishes with around 1,000 km of fibre tube laid. Some volunteers were woking yesterday despite the torrential rain they are being plagued with. The video is best viewed full screen.

  6. Walter says:

    Petition for Govt. response to lack of Fibre provision

    There is a new petition – ultimately everyone should have fibre directly to the front door of your premises (FTTP).
    Click this link to sign the petition “Require all UK broadband/telephone lines to become fibre to the property (FTTP).”

  7. Walter says:

    There is, at last, some movement away from the original BDUK framework agreement as Connecting Devon and Somerset could not agree to the undefined nature of BT’s phase two plans and EU regulation has also changed.

    A third attempt to improve the woeful performance experienced in many deeply rural areas throughout Devon and Somerset has adopted a much more stringent BDUK outline agreement. They hope to complete vendor assessment and award 6 smaller contracts by the year end. There is a strong hope that Gigaclear with their true symmetric 1,000 Mbps point-to-point fibre-to-the-home services will be successful and they have demonstrated their commitment in announcing they are to develop their systems as a private venture in parts of the Blackdown Hills.

    There continues to be significant pressure being applied by B4RDS (Broadband forRural Devon and Somerset – which is just a pressure group) on their Facebook page and via many of their MPs. There is a much greater realisation that the current deployments by the Incumbent fall far short of acceptable services now and more so into the ever-increasing future requirements. An article was published in the Bridgwater Mercury noting that our new Prime Minister was still praising the Incumbent.

    That prompted me to add a comment repeated below and which the former minister Ed Vaizey was kind enough to post a “Like”. I only hope that his replacement can acknowledge


    It was bad enough when Ed Vaizey was peddling his congratulations on BT “Passing properties” but NOT connecting them all. Now we have the new Prime Minister continuing with the SuperFARCE story.

    Given that there are a few other important matters being dealt with, it is perhaps unsurprising that the Prime Minister has yet to grasp the quite appalling situation facing the nation’s broadband users.

    However that is all the more reason for ALL Public Servants to remove their rose-tinted spectacles and inform ALL MPs of the situation as it really is.

    Once the extent of the problem is recognised we might then see the urgent need for the likes of Gigaclear et al to install true expandable point-to-point fibre to every property. IF that is achieved within say 5 years then the UK will begin to catch up with so many other countries throughout the world.

  8. Walter says:

    In another very welcome development the Scottish Rural Parliament pressure group has provided a succinct report of their findings on local broadband inadequacies.

    Much of the report could equally well be said of many other rural parts of the UK. In case anyone overlooks it, the report uses many photographs of the now astonishingly successful B4RN project in the rural north west just to illustrate what can be done with grit and determination.

    (Many of you will be aware that, to date, I have failed with my local plans (copying the proven B4RN design) to pick up a dark fibre feed in Bramley to provide future-proof 1,000 Mbps symmetric services initially to the seriously deprived properties from Rowly and along Barhatch Lane, Winterfold, Pitch & Holmbury Hills and towards Peaslake etc.)

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