Poles for Shalford

The Following is a Report for those that did not Know of a meeting taking place or unable to Attend
Many Feel that the unwanted Broadband installation using wooden poles above ground, should be stopped immediately, as it will forever spoil the visual impact of our rural surroundings

You need to take action by Monday with your thoughts – see below

Wednesday 15th January a meeting held at Gt Saling Millennium village hall with director of County Broadband a wireless Internet company, installing Broadband for rural villages.

Pole installed Thursday 16th – additional wires will be needed to connect to your Home

Over 40 residents attended and the meeting which initially programmed for 30 minutes lasted over 1 hour. The company clearly stated that they did not have enough subscribers for a full system to be installed, but they would proceed with an ad hoc system bringing connections in from other areas. Concern at the meeting was the poles appearing along Water Lane which is single track road from our main B1053 at Cut Hedge Corner to Jaspers Green and used by farm machinery, they admitted no subscribers living in Water Lane had applied for the system and poles could be removed if requested.

Map of installations laid on table for viewing of installations whilst discussion ongoing, clearly stating that full design not completed, but hope to have the system up and running by March/April 2020. Map not available for Parish Council as changes are being made constantly.

Many at the meeting just assumed the problems lay at Jaspers Green as some who originally signed up to County Broadband now have Gigaclear underground broadband connections available outside their homes, and wish to withdraw from original contract, it was indicated that they would be required to pay the first two year agreement charges, around £900.
County Broadband original application form circulated December 2018 clearly states ‘we will be committed to deliver the service within 12 months – if we do not deliver the network within the time period in the agreement you can cancel the agreement without charge’

Day following meeting, poles started to be installed in Church End which already has Open Reach Broadband at 70MB installed 2 years ago, and now along Braintree Road downwards to main the Shalford Village, poles may be placed around or near your property even if you haven’t applied for the system as they plan to make the service available for the whole village.

Have Concerns
Advised to send thoughts to Parish Clerk by Monday 20th January
Parish Clerk – Cathryn Carlisle:-  shalford.pc@outlook.com
Parish Chairman – Colin Golding:- coling.spc@gmail.com
County Broadband Co-ordinator
Steven Figg: – steven.figg@countybroadband.co.uk

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[Open meeting to All interested parties at The George PH –  11.00am Sunday 19th January]

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