We are pleased, no, delighted to say that we are moving gradually from the Planning phase ("Pre-build" in B4RN terminology) to the Digging phase (In-build ).
In the South of the parish the spades will hit the turf this weekend at Crooklands (weather permitting) when a team of volunteers, under the direction of Sam Mason and "Digging Meister" Colin Wightman, will start the process of linking the Preston Patrick B4RN network to Preston Richard. For the centre and North of the parish we hope that we will be able to indicate start dates shortly.
To be ready for the installed fibre a small group of volunteers, working under the guidance of Pip Tedcastle, have attended a training session at B4RN's base at Melling to unravel the complexities of the house installations.
In the meantime the Planning Group has been meeting weekly to keep the project moving forward. We are pleased to say that we are close to getting all the Wayleaves for the core route agreed with landowners - our thanks to them because without their help the project (which benefits the whole community) would not get off (or in!) the ground.
John P Lyons
Hyperfast Broadband for Preston Richard Planning Group Coordinator