The trunk line west of the M6 is OH1 from the Old Hutton cabinet to Sillfield crossroads south of which it becomes PP5 (because those premises are then controlled by the Preston Patrick cabinet at the auction mart). Volunteers have worked hard to put large ducts under all the walls and hedges on these routes. The remaining two chambers to be dug in are around Goose Green. Broadband duct has been laid from the cabinet southwards past Holmescales to the border of Preston Patrick. It is expected that the contractor will install the remaining Preston Patrick route to Kaker Mill after Easter. We are indebted to the farmers who have put in and are putting in duct across their own land along OH1.
Meanwhile, we are still collecting signed wayleave agreements in New Hutton. It is a slow task because all our time is being used to install duct and chambers as we need to keep ahead of the contractor in order to speed up his work. We estimate that we have now installed duct along approximately 13.6 miles (21.8Km) of our network. Volunteers are of crucial importance in our huge project and we thank them for their efforts. On some days we have an adequate number and can then have two or more teams working on different tasks. We were particularly pleased when a big task had to be started at 7.30am for the contractor and six volunteers turned up. However, on other days we have not had enough and have had to reduce the work planned for the day. Emails are being sent to the volunteers on our list each evening about the planned work for the following day and about details of the starting time and meeting place. The information is also on social media. Please try to give us as much time as you can; the more volunteers we have, the faster the project will progress.
Total investment has remained the same as last month at £342,450 but the number of expressions of interest in connecting to the network has continued to rise. It now stands at 404 which is 83.8% of all homes and businesses in the three parishes.
If you have any questions please do contact us.