Despite the decision by HCC/BT to include Ellisfield North in the next wave of the fast broadband programme for delivery by 2019 (but to exclude Ellisfield South), we are still exploring the possibility of a village-wide and much earlier solution. We have the previous pledges still standing and, in addition, the prospect of pledges from households who were awaiting BT speed indications in their locality. There still exists the possibility of outside funding bridging the gap, but this remains elusive.
In this context we have succeeded in securing a modest price reduction, contingent on a local project going ahead, with the result that the total pledges now account for half of the required amount for a village-wide BT Fibre to the Cabinet solution. Furthermore BT have at last now supplied indicative speeds for most of the selected Ellisfield North properties, based on the actual physical line characteristics, as opposed to a notional figure driven by the distance from the cabinet. This is not possible for Ellisfield South given that the network would have to be first reconfigured to make such predictions. EPC have therefore filled in the gaps in the best way possible from known information. The speeds shown below should be considered indicative and not a guarantee.
|Copper Beaches||Axford Road||RG25 2QG||50 + Mbps|
|Coopers farm||Bell Lane||RG25 2QD||25 + Mbps|
|Ivy Cottage||Bell Lane||RG25 2QD||50 + Mbps|
|The Old Manor||Church Lane||RG25 2QR||40 + Mbps|
|Drumbeg||College Lane||RG25 2QE||50 + Mbps|
|College Farm||College Lane||RG25 2QE||50 + Mbps|
|Northgate Farm||Northgate Lane||RG25 2QT||20 + Mbps|
|Pullens Cottage||Green Lane||RG25 2QP||15 + Mbps|
|Upper Common Cottage||Green Lane||RG25 2QW||10 + Mbps|
|Mayfield||Green Lane||RG25 2QL||20 + Mbps|
|Oak Hill||Green Lane||RG25 2QL||25 + Mbps|
|Penny Cottage||Green Lane||RG25 2QP||15 + Mbps|
|5 Farriers Field||Green Lane||RG25 2QQ||3 + Mbps|
We look forward to receiving additional pledges and will review the situation at the end of March regarding the options for bridging the funding gap.
Julian Wright, Ellisfield Parish Council