There has been much building work and earth movement around the Auction Mart where the Preston Patrick electronics cabinet is located. This earth movement has been preventing ducts being laid to and from the cabinet to allow it to be made live. The B4RN engineers have now laid the trunk line ducts into the cabinet and Tony Swidenbank has laid ours out towards our network. The next stage here will be to lay ducts along the A65 for a short distance and cross the A65.
The team of volunteers took a well-earned week off, the first since January, to catch up with other personal commitments. During this time, there has also been a concerted effort to discuss the wayleave agreement with landowners in New Hutton. Most of them along the routes have now signed. When that task has been completed the New Hutton network will be inspected by B4RN, and when they have signed it off installation can start in earnest.
The one negative aspect of our progress is that the group of volunteers has shrunk to a dedicated team of just a few people. Several of the regulars have had family, holiday and work commitments so this has meant that work has had to be cancelled on some days when only one or two volunteers have turned up. We do want to emphasise that this is a community project. The secret of success is that members of the community help to achieve our goal. It is really important that we have more volunteers otherwise progress will slow down to a snail’s pace. Please do respond to Martyn Welch’s messages, which he sends out each evening, and help if you can, even if it is just for part of a day. If you are not getting the messages, please contact Martyn.