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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Superfast Broadband

Please note that the Coventry and Warwickshire Superfast Broadband Project website, which includes maps and full details of the project, is here: http://cswbroadband.org.uk/. The Broadband Champion for Burton Green is Dr Thornton.

The map shown at the right is part of the Warwickshire Network Coverage map, from the website above, showing the area around Burton Green. The key to the colours on the map are:

Amber areas (the built-up area of Burton Green): Currently under investigation. We aim to get fibre to 93% of our area, and 91% should achieve superfast speeds, which means a minimum of 24Mbps (although some areas may get much more). Once the initial investigative work is complete we will publish more detailed maps showing where superfast broadband will be deployed and will be announcing a 12-month rolling programme with quarterly updates.

White areas: We are awaiting funding to bring these up to superfast speeds. In the meantime these areas will receive the Universal Service Commitment of a minimum 2Mbps, up to 23Mbps (after which it becomes superfast). Speed achieved will depend on geography, topography and existing infrastructure. We are actively seeking additional funding to bring these areas up to at least superfast speeds.

Grey/black/hatched areas: Due for upgrade to superfast speeds by a commercial provider so outside the scope of this project.


Bringing faster broadband to our rural areas

Special Announcement February 2014

Please forward this email to your contacts –
we need to spread the word!


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Additional funding announced for CSW Broadband

The Government has announced that additional funding of £3.68m will be made available to take the coverage of superfast broadband to 95% of premises across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire. The funding is conditional on being matched. The current £15.47m CSW Broadband contract with BT will achieve superfast coverage to 91% of premises and this funding will enable the project to procure a solution to achieve  a further 4% to coverage, which is 95% overall.
In the current economic climate it is not easy to see where the required match funding will come from, but the CSW Broadband team have made applications through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership for a total of £7.85m from the EU, and we are actively seeking other sources of funding for this important project. We have always said that the current project us just a stepping stone towards the EU target of 100% coverage at 30Mbps. This funding will help to take our superfast coverage even further.
An expression of Interest must be submitted to government by 20th March and the formal request for funding must be submitted by 30th June. This is a big ask given that we are currently working on the rollout of the BT contract. Work will now start on preparing for an Open Market Review and public consultation prior to commencing a procurement exercise to find a partner to extend the wholesale superfast network.

Questions and Answers

What will the additional money buy?

We will be procuring a partner to take the network to 95% superfast coverage.

Where will you go?

We are a long way from being able to answer that yet. As with the first contract we will have to go through a procurement exercise and the results of that, and the subsequent investigative works, will determine where we go.

What about the final 5%?

We are still actively investigating any and all sources of funding to reach the EU 2020 targets of 100% coverage at a minimum of 30Mbps – which is higher than the current superfast speed of 24Mbps!! The Government has already said that it will launch a £10m fund on 17th March for pilot projects to test new ways of delivering high speed broadband. We will work with suitable local companies in developing applications to this fund and, if successful, in trialling the new technologies in our area.
For the BT broadband availability checker visit: http://www.dslchecker.bt.com/adsl/ADSLChecker.TelephoneNumberOutput

Frequently asked general broadband questions can be found on our website at:

Questions about the contract or rollout can be found at:

CSW Broadband now on social media – come and join the conversation

We are now on the major social media channels and are already creating a buzz. Join in for up-to-date information and an opportunity to influence how the project develops
Facebook Page -  https://www.facebook.com/ CSWSuperfastBroadband

Twitter - https://twitter.com#!/ cswbroadband

LinkedIn -  http://www.linkedin.com/ groups/CSW-Superfast- Broadband-4403473

Friday, 21 February 2014

HS2 - Public Meeting - February 24th

Public Meeting Monday, February 24th
Village Hall, 7:30pm

The HS2 Hybrid Bill and Environmental Statement were published at the end of last year and confirm the destructive effects of the proposed line on our village — things are even worse than expected.
We are running out of time to change things, but HS2 is not a done deal. Mitigation and compensation can be irnproved and the whole project can be stopped (and opinions grow that it wiIl be stopped) - but this will not happen without many people acting together.
This meeting will begin with short presentations followed by general discussion, aiming to update residents on where we are and what the next steps will be:
  • ES Consultation
  • Petitioning
  • Compensation
  • Mitigation (including Burton Green tunnel)
Do not leave it to the few to move Burton Green forward. Let us all protect our community. We need your support!
Andrew Gibbs Choir of H52 Action Group 
Rona Taylor Choir of Residents' Association

Friday, 14 February 2014

First Aid Course

Alice Hawkins who is now on the Residents' Association has very kindly organised this training session.

FREE Basic Life Support training including using a   21 February 7:30-9:30pm in the Village Hall.

FastAid Community Responders are running a certificated Heart-Start course. The evening covers loss of consciousness, heart attacks, cardiac arrest, Basic Life Support (CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation), and use of a defibrillator. 

It is a well structured evening which aims to give you the confidence & practical skills to act quickly & buy time if someone suffers a cardiac arrest. 

Early CPR & use of a Defibrillator can save lives! Would you know what to do? Please join us to learn or to brush-up your skills. Training is free but donations will be gratefully received. 

Please email 1alicehawkins@gmail.com or contact Mary Webb 
76 471669 webb532@btinternet.com to register so we have an idea of numbers (not essential but useful!)

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Games Evening 22nd February

Hodgetts Lane

Bowling - Skittles – Darts – Hoopla – Table Top Skittles and more

Come along and join in the fun


Everyone welcome

at 7.30pm

Tickets available from any hall committee member
Or ‘phone: 024 7646 2070 – email davidline@onetel.com

    Adults: £10.00            Children: £5.00
Includes Light supper
Bring own drinks and glasses

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Roadworks - Cromwell Lane and Westwood Heath

High voltage underground power cables and telecommunications ducts are being laid between the University and the sub-station in Hodgett's Lane.

Cromwell Lane, junction Westwood Heath Road (weekends 1 – 2 February, and 8 – 9 February)

Temporary signals will be in place for weekend (off-peak) use for continuation of work by Western Power Distribution. This was recently suspended to avoid conflict with emergency gas work at nearby Charter Ave/Cromwell Lane junction – now cleared.

Traffic management including temporary traffic signals have been in place in Cromwell Lane from 28 January. These will be manually controlled at peak times to reduce disruption, but delays are possible whilst works are in progress.

There is a live interactive map showing full details of all roadworks and traffic incidents here:

Clicking on the symbols at Burton Green gives more details of each.

Their status as of 1 February was as follows...

But use the interactive map to see the latest information.