Ultrafast broadband in the Horsleys – June update
The Horsley Ultrafast Broadband Task Group, which now represents both East and West Horsley, has recently held calls with Openreach to get an update on the project. The latest position is summarised below.
Openreach plans to install Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) in three phases:
The indicative timing of the phases is as follows:
- Phase 1: due for completion by 30September (Forest Road and roads off).
- Phase 2: due for completion by 30November (Ockham Road North and South and roads off and south of ORS).
- Phase 3: due for completion by 31January 2022 (West Horsley).
Fibre has been taken from the Leatherhead exchange to near the junction of the A246 and Ockham Road South (Shell petrol station / The Duke of Wellington). From there spines are being taken up the main roads. Openreach has already completed surveys of many roads in phase 1 and started FTTP installation in some. Surveys of the roads in phases 2 and 3 have not yet begun. Openreach are now working flat out to complete the infrastructure on time. Although they are generally happy to help residents they say it is better if we do not engage their teams in long conversations!
To keep to the schedule an Openreach supervisor may find it necessary to make decisions about how to overcome blockages in underground ducts or other obstacles in a road or its verges without delay, and with a work crew following up soon after.
The Horsley Ultrafast Broadband Task Group is not in a position to make decisions regarding work in individual roads or properties and these decisions will need to be made by local residents or road associations. The project includes more than 70 private roads and residents in these roads should have a clear point of contact for Openreach to discuss and agree any civil engineering work required (e.g. the road chair or broadband lead) and to take ownership of any issues arising – remember that Openreach require ‘permission to dig’ on private land.
Despite some disruption in some roads, for most of us it will not be as bad as a gas or water leak repair and we can look forward to being able to enjoy ultrafast broadband within the next six or seven months. People in the area who already have FTTP, such as Green Dene and Surrey Gardens, are very enthusiastic about the benefits.
Colin Carmichael, Horsley Ultrafast Broadband Task Group
30 June 2021
The project is being spearheaded by a Task Group comprising:
Colin Carmichael (Parish Councillor, The Highlands)
Steve Harvey (Parish Councillor, Woodland Drive)
Stuart Bowden (Broadband Road Lead, Rowbarns Way)
Chris Woods (Broadband Road Lead, Heath View)
This group is supported by 45 ‘road leads’ who have acted as the main link between the project team and individual households and businesses. A big ‘thank you’ is given from the Parish Council to this hard working group for ensuring the success of the pledging process.