On Tuesday 5th January 2021 I hosted a well attended Q&A session on Zoom with Openreach:
We had an explanation of the scheme from Michelle Maidment (Rural Engagement Manager) at Openreach and an opportunity for residents to ask questions. We had 27-28 residents on the session. We are now at 82% of our target!
Some areas were not included in the initial Wanborough & Liddington scheme and I have already asked that Openreach survey and cost up Foxhill, Badbury (in the Chiseldon scheme), Medbourne Lane & Church Road in Liddington and homes near Commonhead. Michelle confirmed they are looking at these areas.
Please check if you are in the scheme by using the following link;
I previously organised a session with Chiseldon Parish Council and Michelle from Openreach and Wanborough Parish collated a summary which you can read here: Wanborough summary of Chiseldon Q&A
Your Ridgeway Ward Councillor
I am delighted to have brought this scheme to our villages together with our MP Robert Buckland. We have worked on this all year and had dozens of meetings - looked at postcodes, maps, planning.
Now the opportunity is here!
Register your interest in Openreach Fibre Broadband
The Government’s Gigabit Voucher Scheme means that every eligible rural home can get a voucher worth £1500 and up to £3500 for small businesses.
Robert Buckland MP explained:
“Following many meetings between myself, Cllr Gary Sumner and Openreach, we are pleased to announce that residents in Wanborough and Chiseldon are now able to register their interest in Openreach Fibre Broadband, utilising Government funding.
Terms & Conditions:
Voucher applicants will be expected to take a FTTP contract once the build is completed for:
i) A minimum of 12 months
ii) A minimum speed of 30 Mbps or double speed if the speed received today is greater than this, i.e. if you receive 40 Mbs today, you will be expected to take 80Mbs.
The providers that people can use are here https://www.openreach.com/fibre-broadband/fttp-providers
Terms of the funding from DCMS: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2020-09-08-GBVS-Beneficiary-Terms-and-Conditions-v6.0.pdf