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The Wasdell application for an industrial /Science Park at Inlands Farm was firmly rejected at tonight's Planning Committee meetings.


More in the next day or two but what a reward for the efforts of SSPG, friends, supporters and all in rejecting this completely inappropriate use of a site adjoining the AONB and in an area designated (By SBC) as an area of Non Coalescence.


Victory for our villages and Planning system today.


I regret the threat of moving jobs elsewhere and hope that Martin Tedham speaks to us to see what can be done now to keep him in Swindon and support his Swindon employees whom he values so highly - he has our contact details and we will support him.


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 BT 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 – BT 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




Robert Buckland MP & Cllr Gary Sumner have been working to help meet the need for fast and reliable broadband in all communities and this has become particularly important during the Covid lock-down with people working from home and children being educated at home – as well as the other uses for broadband for leisure.


Robert and Gary initially met Openreach in late April and they met again on the 18th May with the Rural Engagement Manager at Openreach.


Local Councillors including Cathy Martyn & Brian Ford in Wroughton, Jenny Jeffries and Brian Mattock in Chiseldon have identified the problems their residents and businesses are experiencing and have requested the scheme for their wards. Gary Sumner has long championed the same for Wanborough, Liddington, Bishopstone & Hinton Parva and Badbury.


Areas identified: Bishopstone & Hinton Parva, Wanborough & Liddington, Chiseldon (& Badbury), Wroughton.


Openreach have agreed to cost out the Fibre provision for all the above areas and this study is now underway.


The DCMS Gigabit Broadband Scheme is aimed at supporting the cost of provision of Gigabit capable broadband to homes and businesses in rural areas when part of a group scheme.


Once we have the initial package costed for each area we can reach out to businesses and residents who may be interested. Gigabit capable broadband also supports symmetrical connections meaning that upload and download speeds can be the same.


There is no need for residents to register for the scheme at this stage as the study areas have already been requested by us.




Cllr Gary Sumner

Ridgeway Ward



Tel: 01793 790814


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