A GROUP of MPs is to visit rural villages near Watlington next week as part of a study
A GROUP of MPs is to visit rural villages near Watlington next week as part of a study into broadband provision.
The news is a boost for Connect 8, a campaign group formed last year over concerns that residents of Howe Hill, Britwell Hill, Cookley Green, Greenfield, Park Corner, Pishill with Stonor, Russell’s Water and Swyncombe could miss out as the broadband programme is being rolled out across Oxfordshire by BT.
Members of the culture, media and sport committee will meet William Perrin and Peter Richardson, of Connect 8, on Thursday.
They will then have informal talks with other members of the group.
They will also be given a briefing by Village Networks, which is working on an alternative broadband solution for the area outside the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK scheme.
The MPs will also visit Andrew and Jane Ingram at the Tree Barn in Christmas Common and the Hundred Hill Vineyard at Pishill to hear how a poor broadband service affects them.
They will then have lunch at the Quince Tree in Stonor.
The MPs will be joined by Anna Badcock, Watlington’s representative on South Oxfordshire District Council, and Oxfordshire county councillor Steve Harrod.
Members of the public will be able to put their views across at a session at Russell’s Water village hall at 2.15pm.