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Some good news

Yesterday, I received an update from Openreach letting us know that they are progressing the proposed FTTP upgrade for South East Alresford to a Final Offer. This is so that we have an opportunity to use DCMS funding for the scheme before Project Gigabit Phase 1b applies in Hampshire. I am assuming that Phase 1b will be from end June 2021. The advantage of using the DCMS Voucher Scheme to fund the project is that there is then a good chance that the upgrade will be put in place by the end of this year. Project Gigabit could well result in an 18 months to two year, or more, delay.

As yet I do not have a date as to when the Final Offer will be available. Hopefully, this will be before the end of the month. I have also written to Hampshire County Council in order to confirm that the HCC grant will still be available.

This is the point at which the Openreach portal should become available for us to pledge our vouchers. We will also need to leaflet the 370 properties in the scheme area in order to maximise their support. Once I have a date for the opening of the Openreach Voucher Portal, I will be contacting those who have kindly offered to distribute leaflets so that we can get this underway. At least with the ending of lockdown restrictions, there should be no problem leafleting the area.