Fladbury Ultrafast Broadband Community Project

As you may know, the current Superfast broadband service in our area is variable and simply not good enough to meet the increasing need for working and schooling from home, keeping in touch with family, running a business, streaming, gaming and home security. If you are dissatisfied with your broadband then please give us your support.

With there being no formal plan for improvement, Fladbury Parish Council, and a small group of residents and business owners, are looking to launch a community project supported by the Superfast Worcestershire Broadband Team that will radically improve the Broadband provision and help to future-proof that provision. If successful, this will bring Ultrafast broadband (also known as Fibre To The Premises – FTTP) to your homes and businesses.

Ultrafast broadband is capable of offering 5–10 times the speed of Superfast broadband with greater reliability. To realise the aims of the project, we are looking to utilise Government grants (Rural Gigabit voucher scheme) to fully pay for the required works.

This scheme allows residents and business owners to qualify for these vouchers which in turn pay for the costs of actually installing the ultrafast fibre network.

Small and medium-size businesses (including the self-employed) can claim up to £3,500 each and any residents included in the group project can also benefit from a grant of up to £1,500 per premises towards the overall cost.

At this stage we are trying to gauge the level of support for such a scheme in Fladbury. Your expression of interest is not an obligation to take the new service but the scheme does rely on a significant number of residents and businesses indicating their support to make it a viable proposition for the Broadband provider.

Once we have a firm idea of the level of support from the people of Fladbury, we can progress negotiations and provide more detail.

Similar schemes are proving very popular within Worcestershire and are well underway in Charlton, Cropthorne, Bricklehampton, the Combertons and Elmley Castle, to name a few.

To make the scheme viable we need as many households and businesses to sign up as possible. Funding won’t last long so please sign up by Monday, 31st May 2021.

To register your interest, please complete the online form.

You can also find more information and answers to frequently asked questions as well here.