POOR BROADBAND ON COOPERS EDGE

BT’s Community Fibre Partnership Team have advised us that Cabinet 42 is going to upgraded to fibre as part of their commercial deployment with an expected go live date of the end of June 2018.

If you are one of the 450 properties waiting for superfast broadband from another cabinet, that has already been fibre-enabled, you shouldn’t have to wait for more than one or two months. If it is taking longer than this it suggests that BT/Openreach has been dragging its heels. It ought to be fairly simple for BT to upgrade a fibre-enabled cabinet (it can add in extra hardware, or tack a smaller cabinet on alongside), and it shouldn’t, in theory, take BT long to do this.

Please therefore let us know how long you have been waiting. If you have been in limbo for more than two months please email us with your name, address, how long you have been waiting and who you have been in contact with. We will then collate these responses and submit a formal complaint to BT’s High Level Complaints Team.
Send your details to this email – hucclecotepc@supanet.com

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

The Parish Council will meet tonight at 6.30 p.m at the Pineholt Village Hall.

Members of the public are most welcome to attend and can express their views or ask questions as per the agenda item ‘ To receive questions from Parishioners’.

SURRENDER OF UNWANTED FIREARMS

Gloucestershire Constabulary is supporting a national campaign to encourage members of the public to surrender firearms and other prohibited weapons.

The campaign will run from Monday 13 November to Sunday 26 November.

During that time members of the public can hand in any firearm or imitation gun, stun gun, incapacitant spray or ammunition to a number of nominated police stations across the force area.

The aim of the operation is to safely remove from circulation as many unwanted firearms as possible to prevent them falling into the wrong hands.
Those surrendering guns and prohibited weapons during the two week campaign will not face prosecution for illegal possession of a firearm at the point of surrender and they can remain anonymous.

The kind of weapons normally expected to be handed in are guns which people find in lofts during house clearances or which have been kept or bought as souvenirs of war.
Licensed firearms holders can also take the opportunity to hand in any guns they no longer require.
This year, as well as encouraging people to hand in traditional firearms we are especially keen to receive items which people have bought innocently from other countries without realising that they are illegal here.
These include stun guns, some disguised as torches or mobile phones, which are sold legally on the continent as self-defence tools and pepper sprays often sold in handbag size and aimed at women.

Members of the public can hand unwanted firearms in to the following police stations:
Barton Street, Gloucester
Cirencester
Coleford
Hester’s Way, Cheltenham
Stroud
If you are unable to do so, contact Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101, or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk and mention Operation Aztec.

Cleaner required for Pineholt Village Hall

The parish council is looking for a reliable cleaner for the Pineholt Village Hall starting in January 2018 – we need someone for three mornings per week (7 – 8.30 a.m.)for general cleaning duties. If you are interested please call the parish clerk on 01452 612485 or email hucclecotepc@supanet.com for further details.

Parish Council Vacancy

Due to the resignation of Mr Barry Leach we now have a vacancy on the council. Details of what the role involves can be found at the bottom of the ‘Your Councillors’ page.

If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor or want to find out more please contact our Clerk on 01452 612485 or email hucclecotepc@supanet.com

Pineholt Village Hall

Thank you to those that came to our open day on Saturday, lots of people came to view the new and improved facilities and a number of new bookings were taken.

We still have some evening availability and day time slots. If you are looking for a new venue for your class or somewhere to hold a birthday party please get in touch on 01452 612485.

PINEHOLT VILLAGE HALL – OFFICIAL RE-OPENING 30TH SEPTEMBER 2017

After four months of construction activity and an investment of over a £100,000 at Hucclecote Parish Council’s Pineholt Village Hall, the work has now been completed.

The building work has involved the creation of an additional community space that is now available to local residents, clubs and societies, the creation of a new Community Information Hub, the installation of improved toilet and kitchen facilities and the building of a large store room where regular hirers can now lock away their equipment.

Automatic doors and level entrances have also been installed making the building fully accessible, and an enlarged children’s play area has been created alongside the building. Additional office space has also been created for the parish clerk and her assistant.

We would like to invite you to our official re-opening on Saturday 30 September between 14.00 and 16.00, when parishioners and local clubs and societies can inspect the much-improved facilities. Please RSVP to Sarah Moore, 01452 612485 or email hucclecotepc@supanet.com by 25th September 2017.

 

Village Hall improvements

Work on upgrading Pineholt Village Hall is now nearly finished; and it’s looking rather good. If you know of any clubs or societies that are looking for a venue for anything from dance and fitness classes, to nursery groups, training sessions and family celebrations/parties get in touch with our parish clerk. The main hall is 10m x 7m; there’s a NEW smaller community space (about 6m x 3m) and an upstairs space arranged as a boardroom with seating for 12. We also have a massive new store room for regular users who need somewhere to store their equipment. With level entrances, decent kitchen facilities and masses of free parking (and very moderate hire charges) it could be ideal for your event.

We currently have room availability on Monday, Tuesday and Friday evenings and various other day time slots. Further details of the rooms available are on the village hall page or call the office (07716 122319) for details.

POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS TO THE POOR BROADBAND ON COOPERS EDGE?

We have been in touch with Fastershire and its team has helped us to get a clearer idea about the ‘problem’ and it has helped us to identify a couple of potential solutions.

The problem

There appear to be just over 700 new properties on Coopers Edge (along and to the north of Lobleys Drive) which are currently showing on BT’s Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) database. Of these 97 can already access a superfast broadband service (this doesn’t necessarily mean they are getting superfast; it just means they can order a service if they want it).

However, there are also more than 450 homes that are served by BT superfast cabinets that are on an upgrade ‘waiting list’. This means they are connected to a fibre but the capacity of that cabinet to serve more premises needs to be improved. The complexity of these improvements will vary by cabinet, but an upgrade will be required before the residents it serves can get a superfast service. This may be the reason that ISPs are telling residents that superfast is ‘not available’, rather than that it will be available by a specified date.

The biggest problem seems to be those homes served by Cabinet 42, which hasn’t been fibre-enabled. The data suggests there are 134 homes that are connected to this one – some (but not all) of the properties in Arlington Road, Burroughs Close, Hazel Way, Lancaster Road, Juniper Way, Robinswood Close, Roselle Drive, Stearman Road, Sycamore, Walk Yew Tree Road and Walnut Close seem to be the main ones affected. Coopers Edge School is also linked to Cabinet 42.

In an ideal world the housebuilders responsible for the new homes would have been liaising in the early planning stages with BT and Virgin’s New Sites Teams. This might then have ensured that advance broadband capacity was facilitated as the homes were being built. It appears this didn’t happen.

The solutions?

Demand is key to the delivery of a decent broadband service – if there’s lots of it, BT will upgrade its cabinets (as it will ultimately get a fee every month for each connection it facilitates). BT is also required to meet specified service levels – if it doesn’t meet these quality standards it gets its knuckles rapped by the Government.

There appear to be two tactics that can be employed to sort the problem – one for the 450 homes that are currently on BT’s ‘waiting list’; and one for those that are currently linked to Cabinet 42.

If you are one of the 450 properties waiting for superfast broadband from a cabinet that has already been fibre-enabled you (in theory) shouldn’t have to wait for more than one or two months. If it is taking longer than this it suggests that BT/Openreach has been dragging its heels. It ought to be fairly simple for BT to upgrade a fibre-enabled cabinet (it can add in extra hardware, or tack a smaller cabinet on alongside), and it shouldn’t, in theory, take BT long to do this.

It is therefore vital to know how long you have been ‘waiting’. If you have been in limbo for more than two months please email us with your name, address, how long you have been ‘waiting’ and who you have been in contact with. We will then collate these responses and submit a formal complaint to BT’s High Level Complaints Team.

Send your details to this email – hucclecotepc@supanet.com

If you are linked to Cabinet 42 (the one that hasn’t been fibre-enabled yet) it may be possible to enable it by working with BT’s Community Fibre Partnership Team. The parish council has recently enquired with this Team, asking it to detail what it would cost to upgrade the cabinet and what top-up might be required to make it viable.

Once we know the cost there are a number of options open to us. For example, because the school is linked to cabinet 42 this may automatically trigger a pot of funding towards the cost. And, if the upgrade cost is fairly modest, there may be other grants or sources of finance that we could also explore.

Campaign to try to get a decent broadband service across Coopers Edge

The parish council is aware that several streets on the Coopers Edge site have a poor broadband speed (less than 30 MBps). So we want to put pressure on Fastershire to include these streets in its plans to bring a super high speed fibre optic service to the majority of homes in the county.

To do this we need to have a clear information about how many homes currently have a poor connection. If your broadband service is less than 30MBps please do the following: –

· Go to Hucclecote Parish Council’s Facebook page and add your name, house number, and street name.
· If you know for a FACT that your neighbours have a similar poor service please identify/list all the homes affected (and tell your neighbours not to bother to add their information, as we don’t want to have duplicate listings)
· The more we get the better chance we have of getting Fastershire to do something – so tell you friends and neighbours and share this across any other social media that might help. And if you know of any lists/petitions or whatever that may already be circulating please take a photo of the list and post this to us via Facebook too.
· We need this information by close of play on 16 July.

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT LEAVING YOUR CONTACT DETAILS ON FACEBOOK EMAIL OUR PARISH CLERK WITH YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS
hucclecotepc@supanet.com

The Parish will then write to the chief executive of Fastershire urging them to include all the homes on our list in its programme of works.

We may also ask everyone to send their own letters to them too (we’ll provide a sample that you can adapt) . If Fastershire’s post box is awash with letters from disgruntled residents it will add extra pressure.