Parish Council Meeting: July 2019

The next Council Meeting will be held on Thursday July 4th in the Primary School Hall, Wharf Lane, Kirkby on Bain, starting at 7.00 pm. As usual we will start with a public forum so if you would like to discuss any local matter you are concerned about, please do come along and have your say!

 

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Report: Annual Parish Meeting 2019

The event organisers Martin, Penny and I thought that this year’s chance to meet up and have your say went pretty well. Tarts were tasted and voted on (the winner was Penny Stones’ delicious Bakewell,) ideas for naming the footpath were submitted and speed limit bin-stickers were distributed, before newly elected Parish Council Chairman Simon Tydeman addressed the meeting, listing recent achievements, current concerns and future plans.

Some of Simon’s remarks sparked heartfelt comments and suggestions, particularly regarding the quite shocking statistics gleaned from speed watch data collected by the recently installed speed warning signs, the continuing nuisance of HGV trucks traveling through the village, and of course the mystery now surrounding the recent fibre broadband installation works.  Once again “Have Your Say” proved not to be just a slogan in this village.

Our guest speaker Lydia Henry, Community Archaeologist from Heritage Lincolnshire, enthralled us all as she updated us on the progress of the archaeological dig at the Woodhall Spa quarry, known to most of us all as the gravel pits, setting out the historical and cultural context of this dig which, after a slow start, has now revealed the existence of a Roman Farm. Continue reading

Fibre Broadband – the cables are going in!

Image courtesy ChannelBiz UKHaving learned recently from Lincolnshire Broadband Programme Manager Steve Brookes that  “……work is currently on hold because of high build costs…..” imagine my surprise this morning when I saw fast broadband fibre cables being installed in Kirkby on Bain main street. I had a chat with one of the installation crew, and he confirmed that they were installing fibre-to-the-premises cable today. They also kindly allowed me to take a picture, provided they were not in shot:

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Fibre broadband: reality check

In response to the latest enquiry, the Parish Council has been advised by Steve Brookes, Lincolnshire Broadband Programme Manager, on the current situation regarding the lack of fibre broadband in the village:

“Having looked at what I believe are the relevant postcodes for Kirkby On Bain, I can see that work is currently on hold because of high build costs which are sitting at circa three times the upper limit per premises at this point. However, we are still looking at alternatives in an effort to bring costs down. I appreciate that this isn’t particularly helpful at this time, but please be assured that we are working to try to find a resolution.”

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So where is our fast broadband?

Image courtesy ChannelBiz UKLast January Paul Bimson, Regional Partnership Director, BT East Midlands, assured Kirkby on Bain Parish Councillor Simon Tydeman that: “Openreach are working to have all of the necessary engineering work completed and fibre cables installed and operational during Q3 of this year.” At the last Parish Council meeting I reported that engineers had been spotted in the village surveying for the new service, which raised a few hopes yet again, but by my reckoning Q3 (third quarter) ended yesterday.

So where is it Mr Bimson?
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Broadband update

Following the Parish Council meeting last week, Councillor Tydeman has shared some interesting news from Paul Bimson, Regional Partnership Director, BT East Midlands:

“Following the initial planning process needed to determine the most viable solution for the village to enable premises to receive superfast speeds via fibre broadband, the selected technology now being planned for deployment is Fibre to the Premises (FTTP).  FTTP is capable of Ultrafast speeds (up to 330Mbps currently but the technology is capable of going much faster.)  Deploying FTTP is complex.  Openreach are working to have all of the necessary engineering work completed and fibre cables installed and operational during Q3 of this year.  To provision FTTP to the village this will also require a key upgrade of the technology located in the serving exchange, hence the extended timescale.”

I understand that this news is unrelated to the Community Fibre Partnership Scheme which I wrote about recently, promoted by a different BT Excecutive, Glenn Fendall.

More about FTTP (BT)
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Broadband update: Community Fibre Partnerships

Over the last few weeks John Dudley and I have been exploring this relatively new Openreach scheme which applies only to those who live and work in “remote” areas who cannot access the internet by fibre optical cable and who are not on an existing fast broadband rollout. We now appear to be in that category.

Put simply, the idea is that internet users in such areas should raise part of the initial costs of laying a fibre cable to the nearest telephone cabinet themselves. In our case this would mean a share of the costs of laying a cable from the nearest fibre-enabled cabinet at the Woodhall Spa end of Kirkby Lane to our local cabinet opposite the Ebrington Arms, plus the necessary electronic equipment to handle the data.

Frankly, we are sceptical. We have studied the details and asked ourselves some basic questions: Continue reading