Supersluggish broadband roll-out for Cheshire

Home » Latest News » Not so superfast roll-out
BT openreach superfast fibre broadband

As Audlem residents continue their patient wait to be connected up to 'superfast' broadband, computers in neighbouring Shropshire are set to get switched on.

The Connecting Shropshire website boasts at least 6,000 North Shropshire homes and businesses will enjoy broadband with speeds of more than 24 megabits per second (mbps) by January

Work on connecting Market Drayton to the superfast network is said be already under way as part of the £24.6 million Connecting Shropshire project.

Meanwhile villages in Cheshire East have yet to learn when their high speed broadband roll-out will begin and no official announcement of when Connecting Cheshire will get started or who will be first in line.

The latest story to be uploaded to the Connecting Cheshire website is the announcement, last June, of how Cheshire got off to a 'Superfast Start' with its own £28.5 million project.

Deputy Leader of Cheshire East, Councillor David Brown, hinted at a recent cabinet meeting that one member of the council might get "a nice Christmas present" but other than that information has been superslow to arrive.

Audlem Parish Council appears none the wiser with its October meeting being told there "has not been any further information, though rural broadband is perceived as an issue."

Audlem ward councillor Rachel Bailey has been asked to arrange a meeting with Julian Cobley of CEC & Connecting Cheshire and the parish council clerk was to write to MP Stephen O'Brien on the matter.

The Cheshire East Council website says it should be in a position to announce which villages will be included in the first stage of the roll-out by December with further announcements probably next year.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Billy Gibbons
Sat 16 Nov 6:07am  |  hits: 842

Hello. Audlem is yet again featured on national TV!Tuesday 19th November at 3.00pmChannel 4 HD (and probably at 4pm on Channel 4+1)Season 4, Episode 2 of Find It Fix It Flog ItSimon O'Brien and Max McMurdo head for Crewe to meet rock and roller Billy, who lives in a house that is frozen in time in the...

Sat 16 Nov 6:08am  |  hits: 663

The New Years Eve event We aim to mark the passing of the year 2019 in traditional manner as we have so done since we welcomed in the new millennium in 2000. Apart for the one year when it did not happen!.This year we are again well on track to enjoy the camaraderie of being in the Square at Midnight on the 31st .I am close to receiving the needed funds and I urge all who wish to give their...

greys bridge
Sun 17 Nov 6:08am  |  hits: 621

The bridge from Green Lane into Turnpike Field, known as Grey's Bridge has been reinstated after being swept away by the recent floods.The 'Footpath Closed' sign has been removed but that on the canal end of the footpath remains.Unsurprisingly the lower part of the field remains very slippery and muddy, negotiable only with care.For previous report on AudlemOnline click...