In July, firstname.lastname@example.org announced that a bid for money to fund the Newbottle, Charlton and King’s Sutton Superfast Broadband Project had been submitted to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). (Click here to view that story.) We’re delighted to report that confirmation was received on Friday that our bid has been conditionally accepted and approved by Defra. The project can now move on to the next round of the Rural Community Broadband Fund, which requires the team to develop a full business case.
Newbottle resident and Superfast Broadband Project team leader Richard Bland says:
“Approval from Defra for our bid essentially means that money is now reserved for us within the Rural Community Broadband Fund pot. The fund is not open-ended and we were up against some very stiff competition from other areas up and down the country, so it was absolutely vital that we got over this first hurdle. None of the conditions Defra has imposed on our bid will be particularly onerous to comply with, so we are now very much on course for eventual success. We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone in Newbottle, Charlton and King’s Sutton whose participation in the bid earlier this summer helped us pass this milestone on our road to Superfast Broadband.”
Watch this space over the next month or two for further announcements on how the Newbottle, Charlton and King’s Sutton Superfast Broadband Project is progressing.