Build progress – 31/5/2014

20140531-DSC_4068The build process continues; the bulk of the work is now complete in Moreton and the main road through the village is now getting fibre ducting and cables installed! You may have noticed the blue canes in the verge – these indicate the location of the connection pots that Gigaclear will install next to each property. If you have any concern about the location of these pots, do get in touch with our local Gigaclear representative (Max Poole on  07436 108327); you may have already had a visit from him to discuss the build.

20140531-DSC_407920140531-DSC_4094So far the progress brings the main dig to just outside the Church and Village Hall. Gigaclear seem to be doing a good job of keeping things tidy – most of the work has been in verges which as seen in West End bounce right back within weeks.

The network build has started!

That’s right – there is now, at long last, a team of people with shovels and diggers installing the Northmoor, Bablockhythe and Moreton Broadband network!

Trench at Moreton Lane

Trench at Moreton Lane

The build started on Moreton lane and we anticipate that Gigaclear will have finished their work installing connection points in Moreton by around the middle of next week. Once their work in Moreton is done the cabinet and main village network will be next on their list.

Fibre and truck

Fibre ready for the trench on Moreton Lane

Northmoor Broadband contract signed

The Northmoor, Bablockhythe and Moreton broadband project team are pleased to announce that after more than two years of work, the legal contract between our chosen supplier, Gigaclear, and West Oxfordshire District Council has been signed.

This follows the formal approval late last week of our State Aid application and our DEFRA funding agreement under the Rural Community Broadband Fund. These final legal steps are all now complete and Gigaclear will begin building the project very soon.  These legal processes could only be finalised after the open procurement process had been completed and a supplier selected.

More information will be made available on this website as the build process starts. For local residents there will be an event today, the 7th of May, at 18:30 at the Red Lion in Northmoor, and another event next Wednesday. You can find out more here. Our local community representative can also be reached for questions, and will be visiting every property in the area as part of the build process. His contact details and answers to common questions can be found on the FAQ page.

The entire project team are very happy to have reached this point after so much work – superfast broadband is coming to Northmoor, Bablockhythe and Moreton!

Information Evenings with Gigaclear

There will be two information evenings hosted by Gigaclear over the next two weeks.  These are informal opportunities to drop in and chat directly with the Gigaclear team.  If you have any questions about the service or how to take the best advantage of the opportunities, this is a great chance to have a direct conversation.  Representatives from the community broadband team will also be there to help answer your questions.

The two dates are:

Wednesday 7th May, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Red Lion, Northmoor

Wednesday 14th May, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Red Lion, Northmoor

Remember that if you have questions and can’t make those dates then you can always use the “Contact Us” page of this website to get in touch with the team.