SLDC kindly granted us £20,000 in 2017 in order to buy a broadband cabinet for a wider area than New Hutton parish where it is located. Now that it is working, volunteers and the cabinet have been featured in the Gazette and will be in the South Lakeland newspaper which is delivered to all homes in the District Council’s area.
The number of homes and businesses connected to B4RN has increased only a little over the last month because of our focus on the main network. The detailed figures are:
Old Hutton & Holmescales network: 111 live services and 35 connections only; total = 146
Preston Patrick network: 50 live services and 17 connections only; total = 67
New Hutton network: 39 live services and 13 connections only; total = 52.
These areas do not coincide with parish boundaries; they are the areas served by each broadband cabinet. The New Hutton one extends just over the border into Docker, and Kendal along Paddy Lane. The Old Hutton network includes the southern tip of New Hutton, extends along the B6254 to Barkin House and reaches as far into Preston Patrick as Gatebeck crossroads. The Preston Patrick network will include two spurs south of the A65 which have not yet been installed.
The grand total of connections has increased from 238 last month to 265 on the 14th February. This means that 55% of the 476 connections we have been asked to provide in the project have now been completed. We hope that the awful wet and cold weather we have had during the last month will improve now that spring is within sight. Please do volunteer to help if you can.