Colton Superfast Broadband Why it's important and how we can get it......Mike Postle (

Good Job it was Sunny!

It was good to see 33 folks turn up at the first of our three Parish meetings on getting Superfast Broadband - so many in fact that we decided to hold an open air meeting on the terrace at the Manor. Thanks to all for helpful comments and suggestions - much appreciated.

Many of you filled in a paper based form at the time which will enable us to keep personal contact with you and to involve you as the planning and then the actual rollout takes place. For those who prefer to use an on line form, if you click on the link below, you'll find one.

A reminder that the other two meetings we have planned are:

7 pm Wednesday 7th August at the Farmers Arms, Lowick (01229 861 2770

7 pm Thursday 8th August at the Lakeside Hotel, Lakeside (015395 30001

Thanks to these venues for letting us have these facilities free for our community use. Phone numbers in case you want to book a meal and make an evening of it.

See you there!


Meet at the Manor

A reminder that the first of our three Parish meetings about bringing Superfast Broadband to Colton will be at the Manor, Oxen Park tomorrow (Thursday 1st August) starting 7 pm and lasting about an hour.

See how Superfast Broadband could benefit homes and businesses in the area, catch up with developments so far and help to provide a further push to making the most of this not-to-be-missed opportunity. 

Why not stay for a drink afterwards or book a meal at the Manor? (861 345)

Our grateful thanks to the management of the Manor for giving these facilities free of charge for our community use.   

The Curious Case of the Disappearing Maps

or Sir Humphry and the Vampire Death Squid.


Back at the beginning of this month, we were told to anticipate the imminent publication of some maps. These would provide a very rough indication of the planned location of areas which would get superfast broadband. Now, apparently, these are not going to be released.

Who or what is preventing their publication remains a mystery. The County Council has said that it is BT which is preventing publication: commercial sensitivity and the fact that the maps are only a first stab at coverage and are likely to change – are cited as reasons.

Cumbria is not the only council in this position and it created a bit of a row at the hearing of the Commons Public Accounts Committee on July 17th.

What a fascinating glimpse into the world of the Civil Service and the exercise of commercial monopoly the transcript provides!  [Bedtime reading on: ]

Perhaps the most extraordinary turn of events was when Sean Williams, BT Director of Strategy, gave evidence that BT did not object to local authorities publishing local information and that this was a matter for individual local authorities.

Not-withstanding this, at local level, it appears that BT is still blocking the publication of the maps.

So at the moment, the procedure is the one we have followed to date: registration of our Parish’s interest and getting back a Parish average SSBB coverage. This kick starts the community engagement process as the detailed roll-out takes place.

I don’t think for a moment that this is the last word on the matter as there is definitively a political head of steam building…………

Oh - and the sub title to this piece - well that's the bedtime reading. Anyone fancy drawing a cartoon?  (to


Register your interest - again!

The BT Openreach site also contains some useful information and a registration form to allow you to register your interest. Worth getting as many people to fill it in so that we keep the pressure


Register your Interest

Connecting Cumbria have updated their web site and it contains much useful information about the planned roll out of superfast broadband.

Under ‘When & Where’ [] there is a clickable link to allow you to register your interest.

Please get as many people and businesses to register as not only will they then keep you updated but your registration will serve to ensure that the project team realise the importance we attach to getting a decent connection.

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Latest News – Connecting Colton

We’ve just been informed that the current tentative plans for the Connecting Cumbria roll out of Superfast Broadband envisage that 70% of Colton Parish will be enabled at 24 Mb/s or more. The remaining 30% will receive between 2 and 24 Mb/s.

These plans will change as detailed design work is undertaken and the technology improves. If we want to make sure the Parish gets the best deal possible, we will need to be proactive and work closely with the County Council and BT as the Connecting Cumbria roll out progresses.


Stop Press – Parish Meetings arranged

Well I’ve managed to fix three meetings in the West, East and Central parts of the Parish. I am aware that it’s holiday time but hopefully one of the dates is convenient for you.

The meetings that have been arranged are:

Thursday 1st August 7 pm start at the Manor, Oxen Park.

Wednesday 7th August 7pm start at the Farmers Arms, Lowick

Thursday 8th August 7pm start at the Lakeside Hotel.

Our grateful thanks to the management of the three venues who have given these facilities free of charge for our community use.

I would envisage that the meetings will last about an hour and will be a chance to catch up with developments so far, to express interest in bringing superfast broadband to the Parish and to start the process of gathering evidence of just how important we view it for us at home and the continuing success of our businesses.

Do come along to one of the meetings - All Welcome!

Why not combine it with a chat round the bar and book a meal. (Something we’ve often done at the Manor when we’ve had an Oil Syndicate meeting there).

Focus on Colton Parish

So far an exchange roll out plan has been published with Ulverston listed amongst those exchanges for upgrading first – by the end of this year.

Of importance to our Parish, Newby Bridge is listed as having an initial evaluation completed & now awaiting engineers’ site visits. Greenodd has not yet had an initial evaluation.

The North Yorkshire experience tells us that the initial estimates of who can get superfast broadband tend to be pessimistic. As the detailed design work is done, the areas which can not be covered by superfast broadband tend to shrink and the areas where there is likely to be continued poor coverage  are redefined.

At the moment we are waiting to see which postcodes in the Parish are scheduled to get what service. If we assume that most if not all of the Parish is not scheduled for superfast broadband what can we do about it?

This is where community involvement will be crucial. We will need a list of properties and businesses, together with their postcodes and a small amount of additional information, to sign up to support bringing superfast broadband to their premises.

Business support, including home based business, is particularly important and there is the potential of grant funding here (with some very tight timescales for spending it). Supporting such a survey does not commit anyone to purchasing a particular product but is a demonstration of potential demand.

A team of designers will be available to work with communities such as ours to reach the optimum solution – Let’s get in early!

I am proposing to hold three open meetings to kickstart this process, hopefully to enlist volunteers and demonstrate the extent of demand in Colton parish. Dates and venues on my next post…………

What’s going on in Cumbria?

There are approximately 251,000 premises in Cumbria. The commercial roll-out of superfast broadband technology aims to cover 46% of these. Connecting Cumbria is the County Council run project for building on the commercial investments of BT and others and making sure that we get the best broadband connections in Cumbria that are possible. Connecting Cumbria aims to connect a further 47% of premises with superfast broadband technology. Information and news on  -


The project has a budget of £51m made up from a number of sources and has a target to bring superfast broadband (up to 80 Mb/s) to 93% of Cumbrian homes and businesses: the remaining 7% to get at least 2Mb/s – all by 2015. BT is the chosen contractor and they aim to roll the project out using the same teams that are currently engaged in the commercial roll out. Roll-out is scheduled for completion by the end of 2015.