Should the Parish Council buy Gala Close Open Land from Jelson Homes for a nominal fee?
There will be a meeting on Saturday morning at the Pavilion at 10am to discuss this matter. Come along, hear the business case (attached below) and ask any questions regarding the PC purchasing the land as an asset for the village.Public Meeting copy
10am – Saturday 18 September – Stilton Pavilion
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The Parish Council is supporting this fibre broadband initiative …
Full fibre to homes/businesses in Stilton is now a real possibility. Have a look at https://www.facebook.com/StiltonCFP for more information and register your interest – your address may be in the Pilot Scheme….
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Telephone box transformation
Stilton Parish Council has now formally adopted the telephone box near the village pump in the centre of the village and would like to hear your suggestions regarding how you would like to see it used …
Defibrillator? Seed library? Book exchange? Information centre? Place to detail the history of Stilton?
These were some of the ideas put forward when the Parish Council initially started thinking about adoption and now the process is complete, we’d like to get going on making the telephone box a useful asset for residents.
Let us know your thoughts through Facebook, emailing or popping a note in the Parish Room letter box on Church Street. All ideas will be discussed at the next Amenities Management Committee at the end of June (including the previous suggestions).
Superfast Fibre Broadband for Stilton?
The internet service in/around Stilton is currently limited to Fibre-to-Cabinet with the gap between premises and house using the copper cables. This limits the capacity and speed available to local residents. This has been challenging during lockdown where many have had adults working from home and school-age children engaged in on-line learning. The solution is a full fibre connection to the premises) or FTP. FTP offers up to 1Gigabit (1000 Mbps) but would likely be circa 300 Mpbs, approximately 10 times the current speed we can currently get) but it is not yet available in Stilton, nor are there an published plans to improve the infrastructure.
Community Fibre Partnerships (CFP) are a way of bringing FTP which is supported by Openreach and part-funded by the Government’s £210M Gigabit Voucher Scheme for rural communities. Vouchers worth up to £1500 for a household and £3500 for businesses can be put towards the costs of FTP. An initial study indicates that a CFP covering Caldecote Road and Church Street, all of the costs of the infrastructure could be met from a combination of vouchers and Openreach funding. Dependent upon the numbers of people from the village participating and the funding from vouchers, it could be fibre for free!
Stilton Parish Council is supporting the Stilton CFP and we now need to understand the level of interest in FTP among local residents and businesses so that we can work out the size of the scheme or schemes, whether it could be delivered as a single project or in Phases and also the costs. We will also need some help from residents to make this a reality and mobilise support from neighbours – at the moment the CFP is a one-man band!