Broadband Improvement Project - Sept 2015 update

The latest update from the Superfast project team at West Berks is that for phase 2 a contract has been awarded to Gigaclear to provide a fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) solution across this remaining area before the end of 2017. This will therefore apply to large parts of Bucklebury that are still waiting for a superfast solution.

The project team is currently going through some detailed analysis of properties and postcodes and expect to have a high level roll out plan by the end of September 2015.

We will provide an update as soon as it is available and all information relating to Superfast Broadband can be found at: http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/.

Blacklands Copse woodland management

UPDATE: The Harvester is due to arrive at Blacklands Copse early in the week of the 4th August 2014 to commence work. As you may have seen the loading bay and stacking area is currently under construction and should be completed by the middle of next week.

A public meeting was held on Monday 23rd June at 2pm in The Oak Room for interested parishioners to understand the management plans for Blacklands Copse. Ralph Gascoigne from Wessex Woodland (who will be carrying out the work) gave a summary of the Management Plan and explained how the company works.

The Management Plan and associated maps are available below (note that the Hillfield Estate plan includes Blacklands Copse).

Broadband Improvement Project

West Berkshire Council has now signed a contract with BT on behalf of all the Berkshire district councils to provide broadband speed and coverage improvement across Berkshire.

The expected outcome for Bucklebury Parish as a result of the Superfast Berkshire project is as follows:

There are 869 premises in Bucklebury Parish and the table below indicates the broadband coverage before and after the Superfast Berkshire project.

Bucklebury Parish Broadband Coverage

Basic Broadband (2 Mbit/s) Superfast Broadband (24 Mbits/s)
Before Project After Project Before Project After Project
# of premises % # of premises % # of premises % # of premises %
799 92% 869 100% 455 52% 588 68%

  

The results in the table are subject to survey from BT and may yet change.

The project will be delivered in 5 phases, planning will start in December 2013 and rollout should complete in September 2015. Bucklebury is currently scheduled to receive broadband upgrades in phases 4 and 5.

As the project rolls out, there will be regular project updates on the Superfast Berkshire website.

If you have any specific questions about the project please direct these to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

State of roads within the parish

Update from West Berkshire Council Highways & Transport

We can confirm that at present, we have 7 officers inspecting the highway network and 5 dedicated gangs carrying out temporary and permanent pothole repairs on a priority basis across the network. We are endeavouring to carry out permanent repairs instead of the more traditional temporary plugging repairs but it is fair to say that this winter's flood and snow events have not helped in this respect.

Read more: State of roads within the parish

Community spirit pushes charity fundraiser towards £50k target

When Bucklebury resident David Orme asked for team members to join his charity run in memory of his wife Jackie, who died of pancreatic cancer last year aged just 46, he hoped to enlist around twenty people. Three hundred people stepped forward and signed up.

Read more: Community spirit pushes charity fundraiser towards £50k target