We have started to visit landowners and are about 35% through the list at the time of writing. These visits involve discussing wayleaves and draft routes on maps and will be followed in a few weeks by walking the routes to determine their exact location and avoid obstacles such as shallow drains and utilities. Landowners have been most helpful and welcoming, and we are pleased to note a real sense of us all working for the benefit of the community whenever the broadband project is discussed.
A new development is that we have begun to approach contractors for quotations for laying the duct. We have an enormous amount of work to do. The trunk line alone is 35Km long and from that run spurs whose total length is unknown at this stage. Several contractors will be needed as most landowners want to use them. When laying the network we will need lots of voluntary help with work such as digging the duct underneath walls and hedges.
We continue to receive expressions of interest in connecting to the network. We have now passed the halfway mark with 245 or 51% of all homes and businesses in the three parishes having registered. More registrations and pledges of investment will be welcomed.
There will be a public meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday 9th March at Preston Patrick Memorial Hall to describe progress in our project, to outline future steps, to answer any queries and to discuss any concerns. Everyone is warmly invited to attend.