MESSAGE FROM OUR LOCAL MP. – Rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

MESSAGE FROM OUR LOCAL MP.

Andrew Griffiths MP has highlighted the Government’s Rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. The scheme aims to upgrade rural households with a current speed of less than 100 Mb/s to faster broadband internet connections which are theoretically capable of up to 1,000 Mb/s ultrafast download speeds facilitated by a joint payment between the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport and West Sussex County Council.

The scheme offers a voucher entitlement of up to £4,000 per household. By coming together as a group of residents or a whole parish this really means no installation costs and no increase in broadband bills, provided that the users already have a ‘High Speed Broadband’, with the only commitment being a 12-month contract with nearly any household provider.

Andrew Griffith’s team has identified that some or all addresses in our parish may be eligible to receive these vouchers. The deadline for applications to the voucher scheme is 31st March 2021 and installation time scale from point of application is approximately 9 to 15 months.

Speak to your neighbours!

For more information:

https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/

https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/business-and-consumers/broadband-in-west-sussex/gigabit-capable-broadband/#rural-gigabit-broadband-voucher-scheme

Heatwave Warning – 6th August

With the heatwave expected this weekend view the full warning at the Met Office Heat Health Watch site.

Advice:

  • Look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions.
  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol, dress appropriately for the weather and slow down when it is hot.

Please note that additional information and tips for Covid-19 and hot weather has been issued by the government.

 

Road Closure on Waltham Park Road – 7th & 8th July

West Sussex County Council have advised of another road closure to allow BT to undertake work on Waltham Park Road, Coldwaltham. The closure will be from the junction with Bury Gate to London Road with works taking place near No.2 Ashurst Farm Cottages to allow for safe access to overhead structures for tree cutting and cabling new fibre connection. These restrictions will be in place off peak only between 09:30 – 15:300 on these dates.

Emergency vehicle, Residential and Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. Any alternative routes for traffic will be signed on site. This restriction will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the start date given above.

Any queries about the scope for the works please contact A Plant on 03700500792.

Various Local Road Works – 18th & 19th June AND 23rd June

West Sussex County Council have advised of a number of road closures to allow Balfour Beatty to undertake urgent carriageway pothole repairs on behalf of WSCC. These restrictions will be in place off peak only between 09:30 – 15:00 on these dates.

Roads affected include:
on the 18th or 19th June:
Greatham Lane, Greatham
Parham Post Road, Parham
Kings Lane, Coldwaltham
Ex A29, Coldwaltham
Colebrook Lane, Watersfield

on the 23rd June:
Old London Road, Coldwaltham
Greatham Road, Greatham

Emergency vehicle, Residential and Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. Any alternative routes for traffic will be signed on site. This restriction will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the start date given above.

Any queries about the effect of the closure on traffic using the highway please contact West Sussex County Council on 01243 642105, or any queries about the works please contact Balfour Beatty on 01243 642105.

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