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In the Infrastructure Delivery Plan which accompanies the new Melton Local Plan Consultation on Issues and Options, there is just one solitary paragraph on Broadband:
Access to superfast broadband can be an issue in the Borough, especially in the more remote rural areas. However, a partnership has been developed between Melton Borough Council, Leicestershire County Council, economic bodies, and voluntary and charity organisations to bring fibre broadband to as many premises in ￼￼as possible. It is anticipated this will deliver high-speed fibre broadband to 96% of homes and businesses in Leicestershire by the end of March 2016.
That final sentence is misleading. Although the 96% target is correct for the whole of Leicestershire, the figure for Melton Borough is just 80% (source: LCC presentation, attached). In the context of a Melton plan, surely the 80% figure should have been given? Or does it just not read as comforting as 96%?
I have pointed this out in my response to the Local Plan Consultation.
I’ve just completed my input into the new Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation, initially to make the point (as I have in person at Council meetings) that all this talk about the rural economy is pointless without decent broadband out here in the countryside.
However, I reckon there’s lots more in the Plan of potential concern to us here in Holwell, such as further possible housing developments along Scalford Road, changes to village ‘envelopes’ and the way future building applications will be considered.
Despite – or maybe because – I have this sense that things are moving in certain directions regardless, I suggest you do have a look at the Plan Consultation. Please make the point about rural broadband, too. Warning: you will need a fair amount of time to complete the Consultation, there’s a lot there to consider!
And/or go to one of the Consultation events: Melton Local Plan Issues and Options Poster