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13 April 2019 - fibre installation throughout the area continues - latest

Press release by Openreach

There has been some delay to the forecast completion date due to problems with traffic management and road closures, see below.

There has been a great deal of Openreach activity in both West and East Lydford recently, with engineers also working in Foddington.
Fibre cables and connection points are being installed on many telegraph poles.  Some poles are not safe and are being replaced.

Work continues in various areas requiring road closures and traffic management activities.

The Directors would like to thank all the contributors to the project as the target amount has now been reached.

We have now raised sufficient funds to make our contract payments to Openreach, but we still have to maintain a contingency fund to pay for administrative expenses (such as fees for accountancy services and Companies House procedures), so while we are not actively fund-raising we welcome donations from residents to help us to cover these extra costs to the project.


We signed the contract with Openreach to bring FTTP to Lydford and Foddington back in May 2018.  It will provide an ultrafast future-proof system that is not reliant on the ageing copper wires with their unreliability and potential for crosstalk.

When will the system be up and running?

Openreach have advised us that there will be some delay to completion because of problems of arranging road closures and Traffic Management Activities (TMAs) with Somerset County Council.  Because the situation is very fluid we are not able to give a precise date for going live.  However, the information we have at present indicates that the live date will be towards the end of June, although this is subject to change due to matters over which we have no control.

In this context, project completion or "going live" means completion of the infrastructure and an ability of residents to then order the fibre service from their chosen ISP who will then arrange the connection to their house.

We will issue further updates if and when more information is available.

How will the project be managed?

One of our company directors is in touch regularly with the Openreach project manager and will be closely monitoring progress.  The project is one of the largest  Community Fibre Partnerships and has high visibility at senior levels within Openreach.

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And finally...

We would like to express our appreciation and thanks to all our contributing residents and local businesses, to the supporting volunteers, to Lydford Fundraisers, to Lydford Parish Council and Babcary Parish Council, and to the supporting grant bodies.

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Lydford Broadband CIC is committed to protecting your information in accordance with this policy.
The information we may hold about you
  • Contact information (eg name, address, phone number, email address)
  • Financial information (eg amount pledged, amount contributed, bank reference information, payment method, date contributed)
How we use your information
  • to provide you with project progress reports or other information
  • to properly record and account for monies received so that they may be checked or audited
  • to properly comply with any requirement imposed by law
  • to contact you or avoid contacting you as appropriate (eg where you have already contributed or declined to contribute)
  • to return monies where possible if the project does not proceed
We will
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  • not supply your data to anyone else unless required by law
  • store personal data only on computers held by the directors and backed up locally
  • ensure that personal data is destroyed when the CIC is wound up, subject to then current legislation
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Page updated 13 April 2019