Progress Update: July 2016

July16-17The Big Dig – Saturday 16th July and Sunday 17th

Start 8.00 am at the Sports and Gala, Cooks Lane

Are you coming?  Leave a comment or send us an email so we can plan for the number of volunteers.


Progress update

IMG_0513It may seem that everything has gone a bit quiet in the last couple of months, but behind the scenes we’ve been very busy getting everything in place.  As a Community Benefit Society we are also a Limited Company, so there’s been a lot of work making sure that we are fully insured, registered for corporation tax and VAT, have a health and safety policy in place along with appropriate risk assessments, method statements and safety equipment, and we’re prepared to manage the build.

TDuctinghe good news is that we have also been pressing on with the project itself.  Again, a lot has been happening behind the scenes.   We’ve already taken delivery  of 16km of ducting. This week
should see the delivery of 26 telecoms chambers and the two cabinets that will house all our electronics.   We also have the first batch of equipment needed to build the wireless network so keep an eye out for new access points appearing in the next few weeks.

DSC_1237Ahead of the “Big Dig” on July 16th/17th we have started work on the main network, taking advantage of a mini-digger to install 3 primary ducts from the Sports and Gala, southwards along Cooks Lane.  And Chris Price and Peter Hammond have been building and improving the mole plough that will make light work of the duct Mole Ploughlaying where we go round the edge of a field – we hope to have a demonstration of the mole plough at work at the Big Dig.

What are the plans now?

Over the coming weeks we will press on as quickly as we can to build the main fibre backbone between the Trent Valley Equestrian Centre and the Sports and Gala.  The Big Dig is a start, but we will need more volunteers to complete the work alongside any mole ploughing.  The target is to get fibre backbone live over the summer – ideally by the end of September if not before.

We should know this week when our connection onto the national fibre-optic network will go live – there has been a slight delay due to blocked ducts between us and the nearest “fibre node” but we still expect to be live in August.   The challenge then is to get everyone connected as quickly as possible.

Over the coming weeks we will build the wireless network:

  • In Morton, there have always been problems getting a wireless signal into the village so we plan to install a fibre link to the main Morton wireless access point and to make this live as soon as possible.  So the quicker we build the fibre backbone the quicker we can make Morton live.
  • In Fiskerton, it will be easier to establish a wireless link to the Equestrian Centre which can be made live as soon as the backhaul goes live.   The next step will be to start linking the Fiskerton wireless access points to the fibre network so they also get the full quality and speed of the fibre link.

Now is the time to order your connection

In the next two weeks we will send out details in an email to everyone who has pre-registered.   It’s not too late so please sign up here if you have not already done so:

->Sign Up Here<-

The initial connection fee is £210.  There will be no charge to transfer from wireless to fibre so sign up now to make sure you are connected as soon as the network goes live.

What about getting a fibre connection to every house?

If your house is directly beside the fibre backbone (see map below) then you are lucky!  We can connect you straight onto the fibre optic network, but you may have to wait a few weeks as we get the wireless access points in place and connected first.

For everyone else, it’s really down to you!  We have everything we need to build the network but need local coordinators to work with your neighbours:

  • to work out the best route for the ducting
  • to confirm this with us so we can ensure that we have materials you need
  • to lead the digging parties (with our support).

Where it’s necessary to arrange a road crossing then we will sort this out (unless there any experts in the New Roads and Streetworks Act who would like to volunteer?). 

To start with we need volunteers for:

Morton

  • Moor Lane / Back Lane / Middle Lane
  • Middle Lane / Manor Drive / Church Lane
  • Main Street

Fiskerton

  • Gravelly Lane (Properties to west of the Gravelly Lane)
  • Trent Lane + Properties along the river
  • Station Road (Properties to the east of Station Road, backing onto the Park)
  • Longmead Drive / Marlock Close / Green Drive

Don’t forget!

July16-17The Big Dig – Saturday 16th July and Sunday 17th

Start 8.00 am at the Sports and Gala, Cooks Lane

Wear stout shoes/boots and come equipped with spades, gloves an suitable clothing, rain coats, sun cream…  Well we can hope, can’t we?

Phase 2 - Development of feeder spurs into both Fiskerton and Morton
Phase 2 – Development of feeder spurs into both Fiskerton and Morton
Construction of main backbone between Trent Valley Equestrian Centre and the Sports and Gala
Phase 1 – Construction of main backbone between Trent Valley Equestrian Centre and the Sports and Gala
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