Fitzhead Village
Broadband

Broadband update 5

This is in danger of becoming a permanently ongoing saga, but hopefully we have some progress at last!

Firstly, you will be aware that we took the deadlock between BT and OpenReach to the Ombudsman for an arbitration on their intransigence in enabling the Community Fibre Partnership scheme to move ahead. Well, the Ombudsman eventually decided that this was not a case for them to opine on and have washed their hands of the matter for the time-being. So no progress there!

However, we have had some recent news which is far more positive. In December, one of the independent broadband operators, Airband, was awarded a contract by Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) to provide fibre broadband to 40,000 homes and businesses in poorly served parts of the two counties, and the good news is that Fitzhead is part of the programme. Indeed, you may have recently received a letter from Airband outlining their plans. Engineers will be surveying the area over the next few weeks with the aim of preparing for construction of the new network this Autumn. The Fitzhead scheme currently takes in 128 properties (which I have listed), and works will take place between September and December, although Airband hope to complete before December.

I am now in touch with the liaison officers at Connecting Devon and Somerset and Airband and will provide updates whenever I receive them, although you may all receive correspondence direct from Airband. I should stress that at present it is unclear as to whether we will all have to (re)pledge our Gigabit vouchers towards financing the scheme or whether there will be a modest connection fee (circa £99) per residence. Airband will clarify this over the coming weeks. They will also explain the commercial arrangements with customers post-rollout. My understanding is that we will initially be tied to using Airband as broadband providers for a period of a year or so following connection, so this might be something to bear in mind if you are renewing agreements with BT, EE etc over the coming months. I believe Airband’s typical packages are £38 to 47 per month for broadband speeds of 40 to 100Mb upload (and 10 to 25Mb upload!). I have attached an Airband newsletter for April below with some background.

The following properties are listed as being within the scope of Airband’s current Fitzhead roll-out. If your property is not listed here Airband have requested that you register your interest with them so that they can hopefully include you in the scope ahead of works commencing (since it will be much simpler and cheaper to do the works all in one go). To register, go to the contact form on the Airband website and scroll down to the enquiry form, click the button for General enquiry and then enter your details, including entering the following “I wish to be included in the Airband rollout for Fitzhead due to commence in September.” Please also let me know if you are not on the list and I will make sure that this is brought to Airband’s attention.

AddressPostcode
DYERS COTTAGES 1, PRESTON DOWN, FITZHEAD ROAD, MILVERTON, TAUNTONTA4 1RG
DYERS COTTAGES 2, PRESTON DOWN, FITZHEAD ROAD, MILVERTON, TAUNTONTA4 1RG
DYERS FARM, PRESTON DOWN, FITZHEAD ROAD, MILVERTON, TAUNTONTA4 1RG
EXTONS BARN, PRESTON BOYER, FITZHEAD ROAD, MILVERTON, TAUNTONTA4 1RG
PHOTOVOLTAIC INSTALLATION AND PREMISES, PRESTON DOWN, FITZHEAD ROAD, MILVERTON, TAUNTONTA4 1RG
HOLCOMBE FARM, TYLERS LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTON, TA4 3JNTA4 3JN
TYLERS COTTAGE, TYLERS LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTON, TA4 3JNTA4 3JN
1, COURT COTTAGES, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTON, TA4 3JPTA4 3JP
2, COURT COTTAGES, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
ANVIL HOUSE, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTON, TA4 3JPTA4 3JP
CLEMATIS COTTAGE, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
COPPERFIELD, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
CORNER COTTAGE, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
CRIDLANDS, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
CRIDLANDS COTTAGE, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
CROSSWAYS, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
FITZHEAD COURT, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
THE FITZHEAD INN, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
HAWKENBURY, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
HILLS FARM, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
WINWOOD, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
INGLENOOK COTTAGE, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
LANTERN COTTAGE, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
LANTERN HOUSE, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
MANOR HOUSE, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
MANOR ORCHARD, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
ORCHARD HOUSE, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
PARKS FARM, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
REDSTONE COTTAGE, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
ROSEBANK, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
SPRING CORNER, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
THE BYRE, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
THE OLD SCHOOL, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
OLD SCHOOL HOUSE, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
THE OLD SMITHY, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
THE ANNEXE, THE OLD SMITHY, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
OAKLEIGH, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
THE ROOST, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
SEWAGE DISPOSAL WORKS, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
2, THE FORGE, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
3, THE FORGE, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
THE OLD STICKHOUSE, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JP
DEAN FARM, DEAN LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JR
DEAN COTTAGE, DEAN LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JR
FITZHEAD CRICKET CLUB, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JR
CROOKS ORCHARD, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JS
WHITCROFT, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JT
TITHE BARN, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JT
FITZHEAD COURT LODGE, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JT
KNAPP COTTAGE, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JT
SPRING HOUSE, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JT
WELSHES COTTAGE, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JT
THE ANNEXE, JOANNE, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JT
JOANNE, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JT
CLERE, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JT
BEGGARS ROOST, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JT
LINGARA, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JT
THE COACH HOUSE, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JT
ERISKAY, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JT
OLD RECTORY, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JT
STAUNTONS LEA, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JT
ST JAMES, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JT
1, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JU
2, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JU
3, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JU
4, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JU
5, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JU
6, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JU
7, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JU
8, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JU
2, HILLS COTTAGES, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JW
3, HILLS COTTAGES, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JW
4, HILLS COTTAGES, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JW
5, HILLS COTTAGES, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JW
6, HILLS COTTAGES, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JW
THE OLD CIDER HOUSE, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JW
FAIRVIEW, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JW
HEELERS, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JW
KINGFISHER COTTAGE, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JW
NEWTON COTTAGE, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JW
POTTERS KILN, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JW
PEAR TREE COTTAGE, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JW
POND COTTAGE, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JW
RYDON, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JW
LARKHILL, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JW
THE GRANARY, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JW
FITZHEAD STUDIO POTTERY, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JW
HOWZAT, FITZHEAD ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JW
BYAMS HOUSE, CATS ASH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JX
WASHERS HALF YARD, HALFYARD LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JX
KNIGHTS FARM, CATS ASH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JX
LINNETS HOUSE, CHURCH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JX
BLANTYRE BARN, HALFYARD LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JX
MERLINS, HALFYARD LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JX
SWIFTS BARN, HALFYARD LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JX
BARN ENDE, HALFYARD LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JX
THE DAIRY, HALFYARD LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JX
THE COTTAGE, WASHERS HALF YARD, HALFYARD LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JX
HALLS COTTAGE, HALFYARD LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JX
CIDER HOUSE, KNIGHTS FARM, CATS ASH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JX
BYAMS BARN, HALFYARD LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JX
1, KNIGHTS COTTAGES, CATS ASH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JY
2, KNIGHTS COTTAGES, CATS ASH ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JY
BREWERS FARM, WIVELISCOMBE ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JZ
MANOR FARM HOUSE, WIVELISCOMBE ROAD, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3JZ
ILEX HOUSE, WASHERS FARM LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3LA
MANOR FARM, WASHERS FARM LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3LA
GRANARY STEPS, HALFYARD LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3LA
MEADOWGATE, WASHERS FARM LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3LA
THE WAGON BARN, WASHERS FARM LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3LA
WASHERS BARN, WASHERS FARM LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3LA
TIER-NA-N’OG, WASHERS FARM LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3LA
CHICKS BARN, WASHERS FARM LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3LA
THE SMITHY, WASHERS FARM LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3LA
THE OLD DAIRY, WASHERS FARM LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3LA
LUCYS HOUSE, MANOR FARM, WASHERS FARM LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3LA
THE NOOK, WASHERS FARM LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3LA
STABLE COTTAGE, WASHERS FARM LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3LA
CROSSLANDS, WASHERS FARM LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3LA
WASHERS FARM, WASHERS FARM LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3LA
2, MANOR FARM, WASHERS FARM LANE, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3LA
1, TITHE MEADOW, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA43 LD
2, TITHE MEADOW, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3LD
3, TITHE MEADOW, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3LD
4, TITHE MEADOW, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3LD
5, TITHE MEADOW, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3LD
6, TITHE MEADOW, FITZHEAD, TAUNTONTA4 3LD

So, crossed fingers we may actually have some solid and transparent progress. Let me know if you have any queries.

David

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