Broadband Upgrade - message from CBC:
Gigaclear will be coming to Eversholt, Woburn, Milton Bryan, Steppingley, Ridgmont & Husborne Crawley. They are a telecommunications provider who specialise in upgrading rural networks and they are looking at installing approximately 20km of ‘ultra’ fast broadband (up to 1000mbps) in these parts of Central Bedfordshire.
They will be trenching down many roads in the wards although their preference is to place cable in the verge where possible. There will also be a few new cabinets popping up.
They have asked to undertake some trial holes this week and next to ascertain routes and TM etc. It is anticipated that some closures may be requested due to the narrowness of several roads on their list.
Gigaclear have committed to proactively liaison with the local Parishes.
CBC will be looking to promote what is great news for rural residents of this part of CBC whilst also managing perception that there will be a great deal of works/ barriers etc all over the place for several weeks/ months.
Gigalear have asked for some works prior to Christmas dependant on their trial hole operation and CBC are minded to allow them in where they can but the bulk of the works will be in the new year.
It should be noted Gigaclear have been instructed in instances where roads have been resurfaced that they can either not go in or fully reinstate.
Husborne Crawley is a small parish within Central Bedfordshire with a total population of about 200. Much of the village is a conservation area and many of the buildings are listed.
It has a beautiful 13th Century Church, a highly successful Lower School, a much loved pub, "The White Horse" and a newly-refurbished, well used village hall, called "The Reading Room".
The Parish Council consists of seven full members supported by a stipendiary Clerk. Meetings are open to all residents.
Husborne Crawley Lower School recently raised funding for a defibrillator. This is now up and running for emergency use for anyone in need of it not just for the school children. It is situated on the outside of the school near the big porch. When ringing 999, the caller will be notified where the machine is and the user will be given a code which unlocks the machine then the machine itself talks the user through the procedure. The ambulance service will have been advised automatically and will arrive as soon as possible to assess the situation.