Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Braintree: Residents could hold the secret to bringing superfast internet to Essex

17:56 30 October 2012

Braintree residents urged to join the campaign

Braintree residents urged to join the campaign

Archant Norfolk Photographic / James Bass © 2011

HOUSEHOLDS in Braintree are being urged to help bring superfast broadband to their area.

shares

Braintree District Council (BDC) has joined forces with Essex County Council (ECC) and committed to its Make the Connection campaign.

The initiative – which is hoping to enable 90% of the population to receive superfast broadband by 2015 – is aimed at giving private sector firms the confidence to invest in the infrastructure needed for improved connection speeds.

Braintree’s plea comes just weeks after Essex business leaders called on the county council to keep pace with neighbouring authorities in its bid to roll out superfast broadband.

Both Suffolk and Norfolk are a lot further along the line than Essex, with the former awarding a £40million contract to BT to bring broadband to all parts of the county.

BDC said areas of Essex with the most residents signed up would stand a greater chance of being among the first to be upgraded.

Patricia Newton, cabinet member for planning and property at BDC, said: “The district of Braintree is one of the largest geographical areas in the county and comprises many rural and remote places.

“I’m sure there will be many residents, as well as business owners, who have been frustrated by the speed of the broadband service they get and would love to have the chance to do something about it. We’d urge them to register now.”

Kevin Bentley, cabinet member for economic growth, waste and recycling at Essex County Council, said: “I would encourage residents to go online and register their interest.

“Sign up, encourage neighbours to sign up and Essex County Council will pass this information on to the selected provider.”

Iain Wicks, development manager for the Essex Federation of Small Businesses, earlier told the EADT: “Suffolk seems to be very proactive. Essex County Council needs to pick up its game and understand that businesses must have adequate broadband provision.

“We have bits and pieces over the county but it’s very disjointed and that’s the key thing they need to be leading on – linking it all up.”

A spokeswoman for ECC said 2,400 people had signed up to its campaign.

She added: “Essex County Council recognises how important broadband is for the economic growth and for residents of the county, which is why we have committed £6.46million to secure investment of almost £26m to invest in improving our broadband capacity.

“We submitted our local broadband plans back in March this year and they were approved by the Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) in May.”

To register your interest, visit www.essex.gov.uk/ruralbroadband. If residents are unable to access the internet at home they can visit Essex libraries and use their computers free of charge.

shares

0 comments

Town players Luke Chambers and Cole Skuse visited The Suffolk Punch Trust in Hollesley on Thursday 27 August and officially named the charity’s newest male foal as Bluey. 

The naming of the male foal comes as part of a new partnership between the Football Club and the Suffolk Punch charity. Ipswich Town will be working to support the work of the rare horse breed charity by offering assistance with fundraising and awareness campaigns.
L-R Luke Chambers,Bluey,Cole Skuse,Rob Lambert and Alex Bailey.

Everybody, meet Bluey - the newest addition to the team at the Suffolk Punch Trust, officially named by Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers and player Cole Skuse yesterday.

Suffolk has gone up 22 places in the league table for pupils achieving expected standards in reading, writing and maths at Key Stage 2.

Results for 11-year-olds in Suffolk are improving, according to the latest SATS results which show the county moving up national league tables.

An artist's impression of the new Felixstowe Pier.

Community leaders expressed sadness and regret as they approved scaled-down plans for a new Felixstowe pier.

Avro Vulcan XH558 at the Clacton Air Show.

The eyes of Britain were on Clacton yesterday as it hosted the first major air show since last weekend’s Shoreham disaster – and organisers hailed the first day of the event as a huge success.

Vulcan makes last trip over Suffolk at RAF Lakenheath.

Today (August 27) marked the last time the iconic Avro Vulcan bomber flew through Suffolk.

Ex-teacher convicted of abusing child

A former remedial school teacher from Suffolk and long-term partner of one of the founders of the Paedophile Information Exchange has been found guilty of molesting an 11-year-old boy, it can be revealed.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service was called out to a car blaze.

Firefighters were called out to a car blaze in Ipswich tonight.

Police have closed the road.

Police, fire and ambulance crews attended the scene of a three-vehicle crash on the Barnby bends in Beccles.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

A young woman was assaulted while running in a woodland area off Quilter Drive in Ipswich.

Armed officers and the police helicopter were called to the scene of the incident in Sycamore Close at 3.30pm.

A 29-year-old man has been arrested after an axe was brandished at bailiffs who were attempting to execute a warrant in Pinewood.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages