The Gigabit Fibre scheme is in build.


We expect the first 500 homes between Chiseldon & Wanborough to be able to apply for a service mid March 2022 - with all in Phase 1 (where pledges closed May 2021) by May of 2022. 






Robert Buckland and I have a meeting with Openreach on the 6th November to discuss progress.


We have submitted a request for survey in Bishopstone & Hinton Parva based on a list of addresses/post codes but Wanborough and Chiseldon are awaiting DCMS sign off due to the cost of the schemes.



An update on timing for Wanborough, Bishopstone, Hinton Parva & Chiseldon, as we had hoped to be able to publish the details for the 1st September.

As you will see below in the update from Michelle Maidment (the Rural Engagement Manager of Openreach), we are looking at end of September for the decision and to publish/share with residents in October.


The Government Department for ‘Digital Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) have been inundated with interest in the Gigabit Fibre Programme.




Openreach is actively investigating the options to deliver ultrafast, ultra-reliable fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP or “Full Fibre”) infrastructure to the Parishes of Wanborough, Chiseldon and Bishopstone using our Community Fibre Partnership programme. The scheme allows residents the opportunity to work directly with Openreach to bring ultrafast connectivity to every premise in the Parish. Discussions are currently taking place with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to establish how the communities can pledge towards the gap cost of the build after Openreach’s contribution using the funding that is currently available to residents that live in rural areas.


Full fibre enables broadband speeds of up to one gigabit per second (1000 mbps) – that is more than 15 times faster than today’s UK average broadband speed. A report by the Centre for Economics & Business Research (CEBR) found that connecting everyone in the South West to Full Fibre broadband would create a £4.3 billion boost to the local economy by unlocking smarter ways of working, better public services and greater opportunities for the next-generation of home-grown businesses.


Due to the size of the planned programmes, we need to be sure that they can be delivered on time and within budget before approval is given for communities to sign up and pledge their vouchers towards the build. It is hoped that a decision will be reached by the end of September and the planned approach communicated shortly afterwards. We’ve already brought better connectivity to more than 120,000 homes and businesses in nearly 1,000 communities across the UK through our Community Fibre Partnerships.


Michelle Maidment – Openreach (Rural Engagement Manager)


I thank you for your patience and share your frustration at delays but this is a Government funded initiative and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have to agree the detail within the programmes.


Gary Sumner – your Ridgeway Ward Councillor



The Southern Connector Road - is effectively a bypass for Wanborough to allow an estimated 1/3rd of the traffic from the 8,000 home 'New Eastern Villages' develoment to get to Commonhead roundabout and the M4 without connecting via Wanborough.


Looking back at my election leaflet in 2016,

I promised to help deliver this 'bypass' - three years later in 2019 it looks like I will have achieved that promise with construction due to start Winter 2020 and complete Summer of 2022.. 


As the Ridgeway Ward Councillor I know this is a fantastic help in minimising 'rat running'. I am now also the Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and I also recognised that this is a great advantage in bringing forward development. 


This is a £30m road to be delivered at no cost to Swindon residents.



I've worked with Community Speedwatch and the Parish Council in Liddington to deal with speeding motorists and in summer 2019 I arranged a meeting with an SBC Highways manager & Parish Councillors (ironically on a July morning when the M4 was closed due to an accident)! 


We discussed crossing safety, speeds and signage and the potential location for Parish Council funded flashing speed signs.


The Parish Council agreed to fund a movable speed camera / sign and the Borough Council Highways officers agreed suitable locations.


I'm delighted in 2020 the speed and data collecting device (SID) is now in place!


I am continuing to pursue a safer crossing location to the North-West of the current location. 


Traffic around Wanborough Primary School - July 2019: 

I arranged for officers from the Highways team to meet representatives from the school to discuss how parking and road safety might be improved. The meeting came up with a number of options which will be developed further.



Village Clean-Ups:


I work with residents on Village Clean-ups - the Ridgeway team also work independently: 


We cleaned graffiti from road signs and swept the path on the B4192 as well as clearing grass & leaves.


Looked great afterwards!


In 2016:

- a special 'Ridgeway Transport to school area' was created following my campaign

- this service continues: 


I re-affirmed in July 2019 & 2020, 2021 & 2022 that the availability of school buses (at cost only to 6th Form students) will continue for pupils in the 'Ridgeway Transport to school area'.





Cllr Gary Sumner

Ridgeway Ward



Tel: 01793 790814


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