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
We are delighted to announce that our Community Broadband Project has been granted approval to apply for Government grants for properties in our parish.
All properties who would like to receive B4RN's Hyperfast broadband service in the future must complete the on-line Service Request Form. This is in addition to any previous registration of Expression of Interest which may have been submitted in the past.
Instructions can be found on the Service Request page of this site.
It is VERY important that everyone who would like to subscribe to the service completes the on-line Service Request Form to ensure that our community broadband project receives maximum government funding towards the costs of building the network and to ensure that all eligible properties receive a government grant! The sooner people fill out the form the sooner we can secure the government money and build the network.
Thank you to everyone who submitted an Expression of Interest. We would not have got this far without you!