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Binfield Heath to benefit from windfall
Published 28/04/14



A TOTAL of £10,000 saved on the installation of broadband in Binfield Heath will spent on other projects in the village.

Villagers donated £60,000 towards the cost of the work by BT Openreach, which was completed on time in December.

Richard Ormerod, a member of the Binfield Heath Broadband Action Group, said: “Being proactive made this little village part of the 21st century.

“Now people can work from home and communicate at speeds certainly higher than anticipated.

“Not only have we got £10,000 as a windfall but fantastic superfast broadband in the village.”


In a letter to those who contributed, the action group said: “The original estimate for the works — £56,075 plus VAT — included a hefty provision for heavy civil engineering (i.e. digging up the road) from the cabinet in the village to the one by Gravel Road. In the end the amount of work the roadworks needed was much less than expected, so we have negotiated with Openreach and agreed a final contract sum of £45,964 + VAT, a saving to the village of £10,111.

“Any funds created by oversubscription must be retained by the parish council and used to fund other projects of benefit to the parish, so on the downside you will not receive a rebate but on the upside the parish council’s coffers are swelled to the general benefit of all in the village.”

The letter said the arrival of superfast broadband had coincided with phone problems experienced by many villagers, adding: “This has certainly taken the gloss off”.

However, the group said the fibre installation and the phone issues were not related.

Paul Rollason, chairman of Binfield Parish Council, said: “This is a major achievement for our village, which puts our community in a competitive position for businesses and homeowners alike.”

A TOTAL of £10,000 saved on the installation of broadband in Binfield Heath will be spent on other projects in the village.

Villagers donated £60,000 towards the cost of the work by BT Openreach, which was completed on time in December.

Richard Ormerod, a member of the Binfield Heath Broadband Action Group, said: “Being proactive made this little village part of the 21st century.

“Now people can work from home and communicate at speeds certainly higher than anticipated.

“Not only have we got £10,000 as a windfall but fantastic superfast broadband in the village.”

In a letter to those who contributed, the action group said: “The original estimate for the works — £56,075 plus VAT — included a hefty provision for heavy civil engineering (i.e. digging up the road) from the cabinet in the village to the one by Gravel Road. In the end the amount of work the roadworks needed was much less than expected, so we have negotiated with Openreach and agreed a final contract sum of £45,964 plus VAT, a saving to the village of £10,111.

“Any funds created by oversubscription must be retained by the parish council and used to fund other projects of benefit to the parish, so on the downside you will not receive a rebate but on the upside the parish council’s coffers are swelled to the general benefit of all in the village.”

The letter said the arrival of superfast broadband had coincided with phone problems experienced by many villagers, adding: “This has certainly taken the gloss off”.

However, the group said the fibre installation and the phone issues were not related.

Paul Rollason, chairman of Binfield Parish Council, said: “This is a major achievement for our village, which puts our community in a competitive position for businesses and homeowners alike.”

Published 28/04/14

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