Broadband speeds

Our survey to gauge the current broadband speeds in parts of the parish has revealed that scores of local residents are suffering with speeds of barely 2 Megabytes per second  (the average download speed across the UK is now 18.7 Mbps).

Low broadband speeds like these mean that it is almost impossible to use the I-Player, and for people that need to work from home, it can be very challenging.

Among the areas that seem to suffer the most are Chesnut Road, Roselle Drive, Robinswood Close, Stump Lane, Arlington Road, Lancaster Road and Juniper Way. Many residents have already complained to BT, and felt they had been fobbed off. Several parishioners had been told that it was not ‘financially viable’ to link them up to an optical fibre connection, even though suitable cabling is nearby.

We will be contacting ‘Fastershire’ to feed this information through to them, and we will press them to include these areas in their next phase of work to deliver higher broadband speeds.

Grants secured towards extension of Village Hall

The Parish Council has secured more than £36,000 in grants towards the planned extension and remodelling of Pineholt Village Hall. This should enable us to start the building contract in the Spring of 2017, and the work should be completed four months later. The grants have been awarded by Tewkesbury Borough Council and The Summerfield Trust; we are looking to secure more funding from other sources.

The layout of the current facilities at Pineholt Village Hall is not well planned, so we cannot, at present, make the best use of the building. The provision of much larger storage areas in a position adjacent to the main village hall will make it much more practical for the various groups that currently use the hall, and should attract other organisations to use our facilities.

The work entails extending and reconfiguring the hall to provide the following additional facilities: –

  • The construction of new purpose-designed storage areas adjacent to the main hall, so that the current storage areas can be converted to create an additional room for community use.
  • The construction of a new office space for the Parish Clerk, so that the existing office area can be converted to become an Information hub. An additional WC and kitchenette will also be created in this space, so that people using our current upstairs meeting room have access to toilet and refreshment facilities.

Numerous smaller improvements will also be undertaken at the same time – for example the installation of automatic disabled-friendly entrance doors, updated fire and staff security arrangements, and the enlargement of the outdoor play space.

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