Response from Openreach to the Community Council regarding the lack of Superfast Broadband in this area.
Openreach had planned to build an extensive Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) network across the area that would have covered many premises and delivered them with ultrafast broadband speeds of up to 330Mbps. This work was being undertaken as part of the Superfast Cymru BDUK project. It's aim is to deliver fibre broadband in areas that are not covered by private commercial plans, but since the current phase of the Superfast Cymru project ended on 31st December 2017 deployment work has stopped completely on any projects that had not been finished. This has affected other communities and unfortunately, is what has happened here too.
We realise that this is extremely disappointing for residents who were anticipating the arrival of fibre broadband, however we and the Welsh Government are aware of the issues that communities across Wales, who are in a similar situation, are experiencing but this will require further investment.
The Welsh Government has announced the next phase to extend fast reliable broadband further and are searching for a delivery partner now, with the contract expected to be awarded by this summer to install the network on their behalf. The remaining FTTP work in your area will need to be considered as part of this new phase.
The UK Government has also outlined plans to introduce a universal 10Mbps minimum speed broadband service and there are schemes like our Community Fibre Partnerships programme for those people that aren't prepared to wait. Grants are available from the Welsh Government that can help fund such schemes. Keep an eye on our website below.
Resignation of a Councillor
The Council was saddened to receive the resignation of Councillor Mrs Rachel Horne. Rachel gave her letter of resignation to the Chairman in October saying that, due to health issues, she felt it prudent to step down from her role as a community councillor.
The Chairman, on the Council's behalf, expressed his thanks for all the years of service Rachel had given to the community and said that she would be missed by her fellow members of the Council.
Having adhered to Local Government Regulations regarding the election / co-option of a councillor, at the December Meeting Rhys Hughes was unanimously elected to the role of community councillor for the Ward of Llantysilio.