Faster Broadband

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Parish Councillors meet Connecting Cambridgeshire and BT over new broadband

Stephen Roberts, Hedley Francis and Paul Martin had a private meeting at Shire Hall, Cambridge with the Programme Director of Connecting Cambridgeshire, Noelle Godfrey, and regional manager from BT, Martin Stonebridge.

More details will follow when we are sent the slides from the meeting, but initial summary:

Modelling from BT has shown that trying to service both Carlton and Carlton Green with the same green cabinet would not give Carlton Green the broadband speeds that they would expect. Therefore they have decided that Carlton Green will be enabled with superfast broadband separately from the rest of Carlton. This will unfortunately incur a six month delay to put in a new cabinet for Carlton Green, but Carlton Green will likely end up with faster broadband than the rest of Carlton due to its compact nature.

Current estimated timescales:

Carlton Carlton Green !
Final location planning June 2016 January 2017
First works on-site September 2016 March 2017
Superfast Broadband enabled for purchase December 2016 June 2017

Parish councillors to meet MP over broadband

Three of the Carlton Parish councillors will be meeting our new MP on Friday 23rd October to discuss the issue of getting faster broadband for the village.

Message from the Chairman of the Parish Council (Stephen Roberts) on 10th September 2015:

I know that many of you have been concerned about the Super-fast Broadband situation with regard to our area. You may also be aware that the parish council have been lobbying to ensure that we are included in the scheme and that we are able to receive appropriate levels of supply into our community.

At present, our supply originates from the green box located close to West Wratting Crossroads. The distance from our village would have meant that it was unlikely that we could have obtained any significant improvement to what we get at present. The predicted time frame for our community's supply has been correspondingly put back on a couple of occasions whilst Connecting Cambridgeshire have been in consultation with BT to come up with a solution.

Hence, please note the information which I received from Connecting Cambridgeshire below.

This is good news insofar that they are providing the cabling/supply to our village, but also frustrating that the time frame has again been put back until the end of 2016. If, as intimated in the email, there any positive changes to this time frame, then I will of course let you know as soon as I have this information.

Message from the Connecting Cambridgeshire team, 9th September 2015

Dear Carlton Parish representatives,

As promised in our previous email (below), we are pleased to be able to update you about planning for broadband provision in your area under the Connecting Cambridgeshire programme.

Following our request for BT to investigate solutions to provide the best possible connectivity for the harder to reach areas such as yours, we have just received the results of the re-planning process.

BT has confirmed that Carlton will receive fibre broadband by the end of next year (2016), however we will continue to press for delivery to be as soon as possible. The proposal is to install a new fibre broadband cabinet however the location is subject to survey.

However, BT have indicated that the new fibre cabinet will be on Carlton Green Road. We will continue to press BT to deliver this as soon as possible for your area, however we hope that this firm commitment will reassure residents that high speed fibre broadband is on the way. The Carlton ‘my area’ pages on the Connecting Cambridgeshire website have been updated with the new timescale and we will add further details when we are able.

We hope you can help us to inform local residents, who are awaiting connectivity, of this positive news.

Kind regards


Connecting Cambridgeshire team