Four-year fast broadband deal for Herefordshire finally complete

From left: Alex Hunt, Graham Powell, Jon Reynolds, Mark Hawthorne, John Jarvis and Ian Binks.

From left: Alex Hunt, Graham Powell, Jon Reynolds, Mark Hawthorne, John Jarvis and Ian Binks.

First published in News

A £56.6 MILLION deal to bring superfast broadband to Herefordshire within four years is done.

BT sealed the deal, the first of its kind, with Herefordshire Council this week as part of the government-backed Borders Broadband contract.

By the terms of the deal about 90 per cent of homes and businesses in the county should have access to fibre broadband by the end of 2016, with speeds of 24 megabits per second (Mbps) or above for all who want it by 2018.

See tomorrow's Hereford Times for the full report.

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10:19pm Wed 19 Dec 12

megilleland says...

£10.1 million funding from Herefordshire Council. Does Mr Pickles know this?

See press release here:
http://www.gfirstbro
adband.co.uk/useful-
info/latest-news/id/
1451/herefordshire-a
nd-gloucestershire-s
ign-uks-first-joint-
county-council-deal-
to-bring-faster-broa
dband-to-rural-areas
.aspx
£10.1 million funding from Herefordshire Council. Does Mr Pickles know this? See press release here: http://www.gfirstbro adband.co.uk/useful- info/latest-news/id/ 1451/herefordshire-a nd-gloucestershire-s ign-uks-first-joint- county-council-deal- to-bring-faster-broa dband-to-rural-areas .aspx megilleland
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11:55pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Vic Vomitello says...

Cue another photo opportunity for the Leader of Herefordshire Council. In the light of a succession of PR disasters and high profile failings - not least the Ofsted condemnation of Childrens Services - it will take a lot more than this to get us to trust them.
Cue another photo opportunity for the Leader of Herefordshire Council. In the light of a succession of PR disasters and high profile failings - not least the Ofsted condemnation of Childrens Services - it will take a lot more than this to get us to trust them. Vic Vomitello
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10:00am Thu 20 Dec 12

TwoWheelsGood says...

I still fail to see why the Council prefer to put £10.1m into a private venture when childrens services and other departments are in such a shocking state, not to mention the very fabric of the county. Do we get a return on our investment? With BT's record of delay, those dates are just a pipe dream - they were a year late delivering in the City, so as for the middle of nowhere, who knows. Of course Jarvis C and his cronies will be long gone and unaccountable by then.
I still fail to see why the Council prefer to put £10.1m into a private venture when childrens services and other departments are in such a shocking state, not to mention the very fabric of the county. Do we get a return on our investment? With BT's record of delay, those dates are just a pipe dream - they were a year late delivering in the City, so as for the middle of nowhere, who knows. Of course Jarvis C and his cronies will be long gone and unaccountable by then. TwoWheelsGood
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11:38am Thu 20 Dec 12

mizza21 says...

Most people in Herefordshire will not need or encounter Children's Services.
The vast majority of people in Hereford WILL notice Fibre Broadband though, and the council will trumpet it's involvement in it.

This is disgustingly cynical

Ulimately it's about power and votes.
Fast Broadband is exciting and voters will notice it.
Kids don't vote.
It's not our council, it belongs to Jarvis and his cronies, pictured above and they run it like it's their private business.
Most people in Herefordshire will not need or encounter Children's Services. The vast majority of people in Hereford WILL notice Fibre Broadband though, and the council will trumpet it's involvement in it. This is disgustingly cynical Ulimately it's about power and votes. Fast Broadband is exciting and voters will notice it. Kids don't vote. It's not our council, it belongs to Jarvis and his cronies, pictured above and they run it like it's their private business. mizza21
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11:58am Thu 20 Dec 12

Herefordian07 says...

Well said Mizza21, unfortunately Jarvis and his cohorts do run it like it is their business and it shows how inept they are too, because we are in debt and borrowing more to dig our way out! If Jarvis has brokered the deal we will porbably lose out again like we have with the ESG farce.
Well said Mizza21, unfortunately Jarvis and his cohorts do run it like it is their business and it shows how inept they are too, because we are in debt and borrowing more to dig our way out! If Jarvis has brokered the deal we will porbably lose out again like we have with the ESG farce. Herefordian07
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12:46pm Thu 20 Dec 12

bobby47 says...

Lads, Lasses, Look at him! look at Jarvis. He's glaring at us. Look at his beady eyes taunting us as if to say,'Im not done with you yet. I've got more things to waste your money on'.
Well he don't scare me! I'll be damned if his bloody glare is going to put me off delivering rubbish, drivel and tripe!
Lads, Lasses, Look at him! look at Jarvis. He's glaring at us. Look at his beady eyes taunting us as if to say,'Im not done with you yet. I've got more things to waste your money on'. Well he don't scare me! I'll be damned if his bloody glare is going to put me off delivering rubbish, drivel and tripe! bobby47
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12:59pm Thu 20 Dec 12

William Rudd says...

Lol at the usual bah humbugs spouting drivel and tripe.
You lot cheer me up & make me laugh at your comments.
Please keep it up in the new year.
Merry christmas to you all.

Will
Lol at the usual bah humbugs spouting drivel and tripe. You lot cheer me up & make me laugh at your comments. Please keep it up in the new year. Merry christmas to you all. Will William Rudd
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1:03pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Vic Vomitello says...

William (nee Andrew Bowley) represents the council PR accurately. He gets the council's sneering, abusive, don't care attitude just right. Shame the council does not care enough to engage properly with posters and try and put its message across. If there was a prize for the country's most ineffectual PR department, Herefordshire Council would win hands down.
William (nee Andrew Bowley) represents the council PR accurately. He gets the council's sneering, abusive, don't care attitude just right. Shame the council does not care enough to engage properly with posters and try and put its message across. If there was a prize for the country's most ineffectual PR department, Herefordshire Council would win hands down. Vic Vomitello
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1:11pm Thu 20 Dec 12

bobby47 says...

And my very best wishes to you and your family William.
We'll continue hostilities in the New Year.
And my very best wishes to you and your family William. We'll continue hostilities in the New Year. bobby47
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1:42pm Thu 20 Dec 12

mizza21 says...

I just took a good look at the photo.
God they look slimy!
I wouldn't trust em with my dinner money.

What a crap photo.
It looks contrived and the one leaning on the fence looks like he's not invitied.
Why is the picture so poorly lit and taken on a peice of bare concrete next to a rusty railing, the whole ensemble rather aptly completed by a grubby BT van in the background?
Idiots.
I just took a good look at the photo. God they look slimy! I wouldn't trust em with my dinner money. What a crap photo. It looks contrived and the one leaning on the fence looks like he's not invitied. Why is the picture so poorly lit and taken on a peice of bare concrete next to a rusty railing, the whole ensemble rather aptly completed by a grubby BT van in the background? Idiots. mizza21
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3:41pm Thu 20 Dec 12

bobby47 says...

Well I reckon he's fixed his steely gaze on me and I'll be damned if Im going to put up with it.
If Jarvis is intent on trouble and he's outside the pub tonight when I stagger out and he wants to beat the living day lights out of me, I'll tell you now, I'll not be found to be lacking courage.
I ain't just taking a kicking. I'll defend myself.
It's getting to the stage where you can't go out without getting trouble coming at you. This is no way for the leader of the Council to behave. Picking a fight with me is unacceptable and I ain't putting up with it!
Merry xmas to all my fellow ranters and ravers.
Well I reckon he's fixed his steely gaze on me and I'll be damned if Im going to put up with it. If Jarvis is intent on trouble and he's outside the pub tonight when I stagger out and he wants to beat the living day lights out of me, I'll tell you now, I'll not be found to be lacking courage. I ain't just taking a kicking. I'll defend myself. It's getting to the stage where you can't go out without getting trouble coming at you. This is no way for the leader of the Council to behave. Picking a fight with me is unacceptable and I ain't putting up with it! Merry xmas to all my fellow ranters and ravers. bobby47
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4:38pm Thu 20 Dec 12

littlewhitebull says...

megilleland wrote:
£10.1 million funding from Herefordshire Council. Does Mr Pickles know this?

See press release here:
http://www.gfirstbro

adband.co.uk/useful-

info/latest-news/id/

1451/herefordshire-a

nd-gloucestershire-s

ign-uks-first-joint-

county-council-deal-

to-bring-faster-broa

dband-to-rural-areas

.aspx
HC quite obviously don't care what Mr Pickles thinks, just as they seem unconcerned about public opinion. The Here You Can signs are costing about £300 each. A total of 42 signs on A and B roads with a total cost of over £12,000. Add this to other costs to the taxpayer of £21,000 for 'website design' + £15,000 rebranding process + £12,000 for bottled water for meetings + £74,000 on the Herefordshire Matters magazine, etc., etc. and you begin to wonder why we are ever referred to as "cash-strapped."
[quote][p][bold]megilleland[/bold] wrote: £10.1 million funding from Herefordshire Council. Does Mr Pickles know this? See press release here: http://www.gfirstbro adband.co.uk/useful- info/latest-news/id/ 1451/herefordshire-a nd-gloucestershire-s ign-uks-first-joint- county-council-deal- to-bring-faster-broa dband-to-rural-areas .aspx[/p][/quote]HC quite obviously don't care what Mr Pickles thinks, just as they seem unconcerned about public opinion. The Here You Can signs are costing about £300 each. A total of 42 signs on A and B roads with a total cost of over £12,000. Add this to other costs to the taxpayer of £21,000 for 'website design' + £15,000 rebranding process + £12,000 for bottled water for meetings + £74,000 on the Herefordshire Matters magazine, etc., etc. and you begin to wonder why we are ever referred to as "cash-strapped." littlewhitebull
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5:01pm Thu 20 Dec 12

mizza21 says...

Merry Xmas Bobby
Give the blighter a proper biffing from me.
Merry Xmas Bobby Give the blighter a proper biffing from me. mizza21
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6:32pm Thu 20 Dec 12

wyesider says...

It seems the council's £10+ million contribution towards super fast broadband has caused some adverse comments.
I was in Caerphilly today and a 'secret' meeting has caused outrage in that area. 20 senior council staff are to receive pay increases of up to 30%, when most council staff have seen no pay rise for 3 years.
The Chief Executive will see an increase in his pay of a mere £27,000.
The council are seeking legal advice as to whether they can rescind the pay increases, as the public are hopping mad!
It seems the gravy train is still in progress in the UK.
It seems the council's £10+ million contribution towards super fast broadband has caused some adverse comments. I was in Caerphilly today and a 'secret' meeting has caused outrage in that area. 20 senior council staff are to receive pay increases of up to 30%, when most council staff have seen no pay rise for 3 years. The Chief Executive will see an increase in his pay of a mere £27,000. The council are seeking legal advice as to whether they can rescind the pay increases, as the public are hopping mad! It seems the gravy train is still in progress in the UK. wyesider
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6:41pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Ubique5740 says...

I bet the photograph was taken miles away from the Council base so that the council members were able to claim mileage and lunch. It would of had more credence if the photograph was taken looking into a trench near to the Council House so that the voters would think that the work has started, and,more importantly no mileage or meal claim.
I bet the photograph was taken miles away from the Council base so that the council members were able to claim mileage and lunch. It would of had more credence if the photograph was taken looking into a trench near to the Council House so that the voters would think that the work has started, and,more importantly no mileage or meal claim. Ubique5740
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7:12pm Thu 20 Dec 12

cursor says...

So in 2018 we'll still have slower connections than some areas of the UK have in 2012? This kind of thing affects the decisions of businesses and residents wanting to relocate. Would you move to a county this behind? Also, I've not seen such a pretentious photo in years.
So in 2018 we'll still have slower connections than some areas of the UK have in 2012? This kind of thing affects the decisions of businesses and residents wanting to relocate. Would you move to a county this behind? Also, I've not seen such a pretentious photo in years. cursor
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7:40pm Thu 20 Dec 12

littlewhitebull says...

wyesider wrote:
It seems the council's £10+ million contribution towards super fast broadband has caused some adverse comments.
I was in Caerphilly today and a 'secret' meeting has caused outrage in that area. 20 senior council staff are to receive pay increases of up to 30%, when most council staff have seen no pay rise for 3 years.
The Chief Executive will see an increase in his pay of a mere £27,000.
The council are seeking legal advice as to whether they can rescind the pay increases, as the public are hopping mad!
It seems the gravy train is still in progress in the UK.
Apparently, if they don't pay these people vast amounts they lose the incredible talent they must obviously possess. At least it keeps them away from Hereford!
But, it does beg the question: what planet do some councillors think they are on? And do they not realise that such information will filter through to the public? I have now reached that sad point where nothing surprises me.
[quote][p][bold]wyesider[/bold] wrote: It seems the council's £10+ million contribution towards super fast broadband has caused some adverse comments. I was in Caerphilly today and a 'secret' meeting has caused outrage in that area. 20 senior council staff are to receive pay increases of up to 30%, when most council staff have seen no pay rise for 3 years. The Chief Executive will see an increase in his pay of a mere £27,000. The council are seeking legal advice as to whether they can rescind the pay increases, as the public are hopping mad! It seems the gravy train is still in progress in the UK.[/p][/quote]Apparently, if they don't pay these people vast amounts they lose the incredible talent they must obviously possess. At least it keeps them away from Hereford! But, it does beg the question: what planet do some councillors think they are on? And do they not realise that such information will filter through to the public? I have now reached that sad point where nothing surprises me. littlewhitebull
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9:04pm Thu 20 Dec 12

jnorris235 says...

90%? That'll be towns then. Still nothing even for major villages which are STILL waiting for BT promises (lies) to unbundle their exchanges.
90%? That'll be towns then. Still nothing even for major villages which are STILL waiting for BT promises (lies) to unbundle their exchanges. jnorris235
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9:36pm Thu 20 Dec 12

TwoWheelsGood says...

I would imagine that by 2018, 4G, or 6G or something similar, will be cheap and universally available, rendering the Councils 'investment' worthless. The speed of technology is directly inverse to the speed our lumbering dinosaur of a Council moves at.
I would imagine that by 2018, 4G, or 6G or something similar, will be cheap and universally available, rendering the Councils 'investment' worthless. The speed of technology is directly inverse to the speed our lumbering dinosaur of a Council moves at. TwoWheelsGood
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10:35pm Thu 20 Dec 12

megilleland says...

The Here You Can signs are costing about £300 each. A total of 42 signs on A and B roads with a total cost of over £12,000. Add this to other costs to the taxpayer of £21,000 for 'website design' + £15,000 rebranding process


Does that come out of the contribution of £68,000 paid on 12th October to Visit Herefordshire in the Council's Expenditure for September 2012 - Transaction number 4583675 ?

https://beta.herefor
dshire.gov.uk/govern
ment-citizens-and-ri
ghts/democracy/trans
parency-council-expe
nditure-and-contract
s/
[quote]The Here You Can signs are costing about £300 each. A total of 42 signs on A and B roads with a total cost of over £12,000. Add this to other costs to the taxpayer of £21,000 for 'website design' + £15,000 rebranding process[/quote] Does that come out of the contribution of £68,000 paid on 12th October to Visit Herefordshire in the Council's Expenditure for September 2012 - Transaction number 4583675 ? https://beta.herefor dshire.gov.uk/govern ment-citizens-and-ri ghts/democracy/trans parency-council-expe nditure-and-contract s/ megilleland
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10:13am Fri 21 Dec 12

fmrbill says...

Ubique I note ure comments and Im no PR man but they had to go far away to find a pavement that jarvis could stand on to make him look taller than everybody esle, as he only small really, but surprising what power does to people, and he wants to look over us like his PLEBS !!!!!. Whoops can I use that word to discribe us all or it is just a word the police use nowadays
Ubique I note ure comments and Im no PR man but they had to go far away to find a pavement that jarvis could stand on to make him look taller than everybody esle, as he only small really, but surprising what power does to people, and he wants to look over us like his PLEBS !!!!!. Whoops can I use that word to discribe us all or it is just a word the police use nowadays fmrbill
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10:13am Fri 21 Dec 12

littlewhitebull says...

megilleland wrote:
The Here You Can signs are costing about £300 each. A total of 42 signs on A and B roads with a total cost of over £12,000. Add this to other costs to the taxpayer of £21,000 for 'website design' + £15,000 rebranding process


Does that come out of the contribution of £68,000 paid on 12th October to Visit Herefordshire in the Council's Expenditure for September 2012 - Transaction number 4583675 ?

https://beta.herefor

dshire.gov.uk/govern

ment-citizens-and-ri

ghts/democracy/trans

parency-council-expe

nditure-and-contract

s/
Sorry, I don't know the source of the money. But just over £12,000 was spent by HC on the new signs. Apparently some have still to be erected.
[quote][p][bold]megilleland[/bold] wrote: [quote]The Here You Can signs are costing about £300 each. A total of 42 signs on A and B roads with a total cost of over £12,000. Add this to other costs to the taxpayer of £21,000 for 'website design' + £15,000 rebranding process[/quote] Does that come out of the contribution of £68,000 paid on 12th October to Visit Herefordshire in the Council's Expenditure for September 2012 - Transaction number 4583675 ? https://beta.herefor dshire.gov.uk/govern ment-citizens-and-ri ghts/democracy/trans parency-council-expe nditure-and-contract s/[/p][/quote]Sorry, I don't know the source of the money. But just over £12,000 was spent by HC on the new signs. Apparently some have still to be erected. littlewhitebull
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6:10pm Sun 23 Dec 12

bobby47 says...

Retrexs, well done kiddo. Now what you've gotta do is keep pushing this issue whenever you get the opportunity.
Me? Haven't a clue what all of it means but Im more than happy to moan about it and back you up.
You'll find the other, more knowledgeable Posters will also support you.
Well done kiddo. My warmest regards to you.
Retrexs, well done kiddo. Now what you've gotta do is keep pushing this issue whenever you get the opportunity. Me? Haven't a clue what all of it means but Im more than happy to moan about it and back you up. You'll find the other, more knowledgeable Posters will also support you. Well done kiddo. My warmest regards to you. bobby47
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7:02pm Sun 23 Dec 12

AylestoneVoice says...

I don't really want to joing the anti Council group which in reality all this forum is. Even if the Council solved world peace and eradicated poverty most of you would still complain.
That said the Council has reserves of about £6m and an overspend in adult social care of £5M. Technically it is bankrupt. What do they do - they save money where they can but in adult social care they appoint two new assistant directors (about £200,000 in total). Some of the Directors really need to ask themselves hard questions.
I don't really want to joing the anti Council group which in reality all this forum is. Even if the Council solved world peace and eradicated poverty most of you would still complain. That said the Council has reserves of about £6m and an overspend in adult social care of £5M. Technically it is bankrupt. What do they do - they save money where they can but in adult social care they appoint two new assistant directors (about £200,000 in total). Some of the Directors really need to ask themselves hard questions. AylestoneVoice
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5:09pm Mon 24 Dec 12

bobby47 says...

AylestoneVoice,You didn't want to join us but you just did. Well done my friend.
As far as the 'others' are concerned, they don't choose to moan about the Council for no good reason. they do it because they feel compelled to do it.
Me? I'll moan and groan about anything and everything the Council do because I like too. It makes me feel good about me.
If this bloody Council Leadership struck gold and they need to quickly before they go bust, I'll still be moaning about them.
As for your cleverly crafted world peace and poverty thing, there's more chance of Liza Hurley dumping Shane Warne for me than there is of this Council ever making a decision correctly and of benefit to us the paying public.
If you do choose to join our chaotic and dysfunctional band of fools then try to set aside common sense and sane, rational arguments and simply moan and groan about anything and everything that this Council Leadreship associates itself with.
My very warmest regards to you.
AylestoneVoice,You didn't want to join us but you just did. Well done my friend. As far as the 'others' are concerned, they don't choose to moan about the Council for no good reason. they do it because they feel compelled to do it. Me? I'll moan and groan about anything and everything the Council do because I like too. It makes me feel good about me. If this bloody Council Leadership struck gold and they need to quickly before they go bust, I'll still be moaning about them. As for your cleverly crafted world peace and poverty thing, there's more chance of Liza Hurley dumping Shane Warne for me than there is of this Council ever making a decision correctly and of benefit to us the paying public. If you do choose to join our chaotic and dysfunctional band of fools then try to set aside common sense and sane, rational arguments and simply moan and groan about anything and everything that this Council Leadreship associates itself with. My very warmest regards to you. bobby47
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