Its been a long-time coming but at last B4RN’s village build programme has delivered its first connections to homes in Halton.
The new cabinet situated at The Centre went live this morning with B4RN service delivered to homes in the village.
Work by the contractors, alongside our own troop of volunteers from Halton, began in July, and now our first residents are ready for their 1Gbps full-fibre service.
Houses that are ‘fibre ready’ on Forgewood, Clougha, and Beach Rd got their first connection to the B4RN network this morning.
B4RN Engineers working on the cabinet at The Centre.
Throughout Halton B4RN are using a narrow trenching, 100mm, dig model along the pavements and roads – dropping a Toby Box outside the boundary of each property.
It is each residents responsibility to complete the ducting that will carry the fibre from the Toby Box, across their property and into their home.
Work can be done by an independent contractor, DIY or community support group set up by your Street Rep. The B4RN 4 Halton team can also advise and support you on how best to do this.
All works are carried out within approved planning and streetworks applications. Pedestrian & property access is always considered, and diversions of the existing pathway around the construction work applied where necessary.
Local volunteer Robert Thompson said:
“It’s been five hard years in the planning for the B4RN 4 Halton team, but we are delighted to have such a world-class telecommunications connection available in the village for the first time. B4RN is future-proofing Halton and providing residents with the option of unrivalled service, the likes of which we may not have seen for many, many years to come.
“The biggest thank you to all the B4RN 4 Halton volunteers past and present, the planners, house kit fitters, street reps and alike. Without your help, this would not have been possible. These are people from Halton who have given up their free time to get B4RN here. This is just the beginning, we now have to move on to help the rest of the village.
“A massive thank you also must go to the B4RN team working in Halton. Elaine & Dom and the rest of the team who have supported the implementation of ‘B4RN Village’. We are delighted that this has proved the way forward for small rural villages such as ours, who are usually the last on the list to receive such up-to-date technology and infrastructure.”
The next areas to get B4RN in Halton will be those that are most viable. We need to work as efficiently as possible. This means working in ‘most ready’ areas of the village.
We are asking people to come forward and volunteer to be a ‘Street Rep’. We are looking for people to take on a small area, ideally surrounding your own home, to get their property and their neighbours properties ‘fibre ready’.
We already have people doing this in areas Halton, and they can show you what is involved. Each new Street Rep will be assigned a mentor from the village to help and support them.
We don’t want you to wait for the civils team to pass your house before you start thinking about getting the connection from the boundary to your home.
In fact, it is far better if the work is already done before they pass. Then the fibre can be blown into your property, your router can be fitted, and you can go live on the network.
Please contact us if you would like to find out more about being a Street Rep and what’s involved in getting you area ready for a B4RN connection.