Villagers are hoping that BT will prove them with a better broadband internet service in the Wansford area.
A parish meeting in Wansford Village Hall was attended by BT Group senior project manager David Calvert, who is working with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council regarding Broadband Delivery UK, and BT Group business development director for the North Julia Watts.
They said that the parish would be in the last few per cent countrywide to receive an enhanced service. However, Ms Watts added that the parish may be a candidate for inclusion in plans for a proposed extension of the current BDUK programme to provide super-fast connectivity to those areas in the East Riding of Yorkshire currently not receiving broad-band speeds of 15MB or over.
Planning and contractual activities will end by summer 2015, at which time the situation for Skerne and Wansford should be clarified.
It had been initially thought that the delivery of fibre optic to the cabinet in Wansford Road, Driffield, would have had a discernible effect on the provision for the parish, but line tests of numbers supplied by the parish council had indicated that this was not the case.
There were many constraints that were considered under BT’s commercial rollout – not least the need to ensure that fibre provision is commercially viable and research had indicated that often take-up of high-speed broadband options was in the region of only 20 per cent.
However, substantial Government funds were now available for the BDUK superfast extension scheme and it was considered that Wansford and Skerne may be ideal locations for inclusion.
Both ERYC and BT were acutely aware of both Wansford’s and Skerne’s current situations and it was agreed that channels of communication between BT and the Skerne and Wansford Parish Council would be maintained to inform it of any developments. Although there were no current plans for the parish,
Ms Watts said: “You are not forgotten. Getting fibre optic broadband to places like this a high priority – there is funding on the way.”