This message is intended for those residents whom live in the Stanford Bridge Area of Pluckley and are connected to the Bethersden BT exchange / cabinet.
Discussions with BT Openreach, initially revealed that residents who reside in this area were unlikely to see any increase in broadband speed (following the Bethersden cabinet upgrade) due to distances from homes to the cabinet. Thus we would have to contend with the unacceptable 1 – 3mb broadband we currently experience. However to those concerned, I have EXCITING NEWS!
Following correspondence with the Chief Engineer at BT Openreach, it appears that the nearby telephone mast has Fibre cabling to it and that this can be used to offer Ultrafast (up to 300mb) Fibre direct to the 16 or so homes in the area. This would be possible via a Community Funded Scheme, the cost (following a desk based survey) being described as in the region of £10 – 15k.
If you live in this area, are fed up with poor internet speeds and would be willing to help fund such a project, then please get in touch. Once all responses are in, I will feed the information back to BT Openreach to proceed with the formal quote.
The search is now on for Pluckley’s Resident-of the Year 2016. This award is made to a villager who has undertaken an outstanding contribution to the life of the village over the past year. If you would like to nominate someone to be recognised in this way please email our Parish Clerk, Caroline Levett, at [email protected] or write to her at 9 Ashenden, Smarden, Kent TN27 8RT saying why you think he or she deserves the award this year. Nominations close at the end of November, and the Parish Council will decide on the winner at its meeting on 13th December.