SUPERFAST BROADBAND FOR SEDLESCOMBE

East Sussex County Council Broadband Reports:

Sedlescombe's Final Report dated 4 March 2012 was approved by the Parish Council at its meeting on 13 March and copies sent to East Sussex County & Rother District Councils the following day. Please also see Addendum 1 to the rest of the report.

Front page picture of Superfast for Sedllescombe report

Picture on cover of Report

From 24 September 2012, anyone who has not yet registered an interest with the Rural Broadband Partnership is encouraged to visit the County Council's website at http://www.goesussex.co.uk/

24 September 2012
Extract from email from East Sussex County Council: "Please rest assured that we are doing everything we can to bring this essential infrastructure to as many premises and businesses as quickly as we can. Our aim is to ensure that 90% of premises and businesses in East Sussex have access to Superfast broadband by 2015. Support from Sedlescombe has been fantastic and we are very grateful to be able to include this as part of our procurement process."

15 June 2012
Addendum 1 to Sedlescombe Parish Council’s Superfast for Sedlescombe "Final Report dated 4 March" passed to County and District Councils

05 May 2012
Over two hundred have now registered on the Rural Broadband Partnership website in support of Sedlescombe's campaign.

14 March 2012
Sedlescombe's Final Report dated 4 March 2012 was approved by the Parish Council at its meeting on 13 March. Copies have today been sent to East Sussex County & Rother District Councils. Despite this, many more supporters are still needed.

13 March 2012
Final Report approved by Parish Council

04 March 2012
Final Report ready to submit for consideration by the full Parish Council at their next meeting on 13 March.

28 February 2012
Annual Report and Directory for 2012 sent to printers with back page advertising broadband campaign. To be sent to all houses and business premises in the parish.

09 February 2012
Sedlescombe's initial case for superfast broadband completed.

09 February 2012
100th registration reached
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26 January 2012
Additional tab 'Do you want to make a personal case? Things you MAY wish to consider' added to broadband home page (no longer extant) to assist anyone wanting to make a personal case.

25 January 2012
Email sent to registered organisations and businesses acknowledging registration and asking if they could add to the Parish Council's case.

21 January 2012
Sedlescombe School to support the "Superfast for Sedlescombe" campaign by including details in the School's newsletter and on their Learning Platform.

21 January 2012
Email sent to East Sussex County Council covering Outline Draft Report seeking confimation of Sedlescombe's approach. (Also passed to District Council next day)

20 January 2012
SIX days on and registrations pass the 50 mark. Please keep up this excellent start. Can we reach the 200?

20 January 2012
Item published in the ''Sedlescombe News".

19 January 2012
Fascinating message received from Rural Broadband Partnership. "Hi Pauline - I have noticed that your project is gaining a lot of interest - what is it that you have done to create this much awareness?" Let's all keep up the good work.

19 January 2012
First batch of emails sent to local businesses. Flyer placed on Village Notice Board.

18 January 2012
Flyer produced and ready for distribution

18 January 2012
People now standing by to help anyone having difficulty registering.

18 January 2012
First emails sent out to acknowledge registration with the Superfast for Sedlescombe project

18 January 2012
Letter included with 31 envelopes being sent out in response to an earlier unrelated questionnaire.

14 January 2012
Start to campaign - details made live on Sedlescombe Parish Council website.

14 January 2012
Project accepted by Rural Broadband Partnership

11 January 2012
Project 97 submitted to Rural Broadband Partnership

10 January 2012
Short public meeting held for people living or working in Sedlescombe who think it is important that we make a good case for Superfast Broadband here.

16 December 2011
Dave Brabants from Sedlescombe reported on a Business Broadband Roundtable for businesses and organisations hosted by Greg Barker MP.

14 December 2011
Poster produced for display on Village Notice Board.

13 December 2011
Sedlescombe Parish Council's Finance Committee agreed to give the project the Council's full support. Please note that parish councils are not being asked to provide any additional finance.

2 December 2011
Poster produced for display on Village Notice Board due to misunderstanding. This turned out to be another broadband initiative by Action in Rural Sussex and not that run by East Sussex County Council.

1 December 2011
Colin Raymond attended the County Council's Broadband Conference in Uckfield.

The conference was designed to begin an engagement process with local communities, to raise awareness and stimulate demand within the parishes with a view to getting Superfast Broadband into their own communities as quickly as possible.Those attending were told that East Sussex County Council will provide £15,000,000 and the Government will provide £10,400,000 for getting us Superfast Broadband.

Colin reported to the Council as follows:

"I attended the above-mentioned conference on behalf of the Parish Council and was struck by the far-reaching importance and urgency of the Parish's situation.  It is not just a case of 'I've got all that I need' which I would suggest in most cases should be qualified by 'at the moment'.  It has even, for example, the potential to have an increasingly significantly adverse effect on both demographics and house prices.  There are implications too for mobile communications and computing as used by laptops and the ever more popular smart phones.

"Sedlescombe has been at the forefront on so many occasions that it would be a travesty to lose out on this broadband opportunity for its residents.  The presenters were convinced that the opportunity was real if community engagement could be achieved.  The message I took from the conference was 'If you really want it, and go through the process, you will get it'. 

"Although many questions remain unanswered I would urge Councillors to try and identify as many 'enthusiasts' or willing helpers as possible and then to arrange for a meeting with an appropriate local authority representative for detailed guidance or confirmation of the next steps.  This should be done as soon as possible.  There was some reassurance that what is required is enthusiasm rather than technical knowledge and, with the inevitable Questionnaire involved, I can see how this could be the case."