The line from the northern end of Lupton parish via Barkin House to Old Hutton has been completed except for a road crossing at Hutton Gate. It is a difficult one because of the number of services under the road, the presence of a newly tarred surface and the bridge itself. Another major hurdle was overcome recently when volunteers fixed a complicated line of sewerage pipes to a girder over Peasey Beck at Bridge End. We are rapidly approaching the point when fibre can be blown through this trunk line to make the Old Hutton cabinet live. We hope that communities served by this line will then quickly lay services to their houses.
Work continues slowly to have wayleaves signed by landowners in New Hutton. We estimate there are 51 and 61% have signed. It is not a small task to visit all of them and we are very grateful for their generosity in allowing the duct to go through their land.
Emails and Facebook messages are being sent each evening to the volunteers on our list about the planned work for the following day and about details of the starting time and meeting place. It is very pleasing to report that at times we have had the contractor and two groups of volunteers working in different parts of our area at the same time. Please continue to try to give us as much time as you can; the more volunteers we have, the faster the project will progress. If you are not receiving any of the work messages and want to help, please phone 07867 469032. We estimate that volunteers have installed 48 chambers into the ground and have laid 47 ducts under walls and hedges as well as having done many other tasks. Volunteers are not paid for their work but we have recently learned that B4RN pay a small amount for the installation of chambers and ducts under walls and hedges along trunk lines and spurs (but not those going into gardens along service lines). The costs of digger hire, fuel etc have to be deducted but if there is any money left over their policy is that it should be shared out among the volunteers according to the length of time they have spent in the field on trunks and spurs. If there are to be any payments they will be in the form of digging shares and not cash. As soon as we heard about this we started keeping a record of work done and hours worked by volunteers from 13/05/2017.
Total investment has risen further to £343,950 which is a little short of our target of £349,000 but is a most encouraging figure and we wish to thank the many generous investors in the parishes. The number of expressions of interest in connecting to the network has continued to rise. It now stands at 85.9% of all homes and businesses in the three parishes.
If you want to know more, or have any questions, do please contact us.