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CELLULAR BROADBAND IN COMPTON DUNDON …… HAS ARRIVED !

Have you given your Voucher Code to your chosen CDS approved broadband supplier yet ?

More than 84 CDS vouchers have been issued to premises in Compton Dundon

to enable parishioners to have a fast connection to the internet, independent of BT.

Some parishioners are utilising their voucher to bring benefits  to their individual premises using a Cellular – Mobile Data 4G Wireless Broadband Internet Connection. Currently unlimited data tariff is not available but 60 GB data allowance per month is available. 

(Subject to availability of a 4G signal Outdoors via high gain aerial on the roof or chimney of the premises – the supplier tests for this)

Cellular is good in that it has a choice of tariffs and suppliers and does not hopefully need any additional infrastructure in our parish for now.

SWMB have been out measuring the strength of the signal around our parish and are confident that a superfast service can be supplied to most premises. The router provided by SWMB takes a SIM card like in your mobile phone.

http://www.southwestmobilebroadband.com/

info@southwestmobilebroadband.com
Phone: 01460 298344
Mobile: 07776 333691

Russell Baker of SWMB says

” The CDS VOUCHER (or £495) which includes the 4G Modem, External Antenna. EE Data PAYG Sim Card, Full Installation, and Site Survey and a 12 month Warranty (3 months on the modem), plus 12 months free support.

There is no extra cost for the hardware although a Data Only Sim card needs to be purchased through ourselves (which is an EE data sim card) or directly through the mobile supplier.

Prices vary depending on the capacity size e.g. 16GB to 100GB and the length of contract i.e. 1 month rolling contract to 24 months so you can control your expenditure.

16GB starts from £22 a month. 32GB for a 1 month rolling contract is £28, or a 24 month contract is £25 a month. These are our most popular deals. We also provide at a small additional charge VOIP solutions meaning the customer can use the internet without the need of a landline.

We also boost Mobile Phone signals through either “Wi-Fi calling” through EE, or via 02 and 3 apps which uses the router to boost the signal to the maximum strength.”

An example of the service speed received in Compton Street showing a download speed in excess of 40 Mbps – this may vary with location.

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Roof mounted aerial for 4G cellular data connection

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Premises Issues

Do you have a voucher and do you wish to utilise it  ?

CDS say that more than 84 premises in Compton Dundon have  vouchers out of 140 eligible premises

Do you wish to keep your landline so you can still get technical support if your new service is down and you do not have mobile coverage?

Are you committed to an existing broadband contract (that is delivering more than 2Mbps) and therefore would  you be prepared to pay for two contracts during an overlap period ? You may have to spend hundreds of pounds on installation if you have not paid for it with a voucher now.

Listed building consent is required – cost free – for the ‘side plate’ sized external antenna (on the chimney or gable – antenna can be painted to blend in ).

COMMUNITY BROADBAND IN COMPTON DUNDON

Have you given your Voucher Code to your chosen CDS approved broadband supplier yet ?

On the 5th of December Voneos  had received 25 Voucher Codes

even though there are more than 84 CDS vouchers issued to premises in Compton Dundon !

65 committed Voucher Holders need to be signed up  with Voneus by 9th December and installed by March 2017 in order for their community scheme to proceed.

If you wish to partake in the Voneus community scheme for Compton Dundon please contact Olivia Gray <olivia.gray@voneus.com> and send her your name, address, phone number ,your chosen service (Essential £20/month for 20GB of data or Freedom £35/month for unlimited data) and attach the voucher code in your CDS email voucher – now.

If you care about this issue get out and discuss it with your neighbours to make sure this threshold of 65 vouchers is reached.

Not got your free voucher yet ? – well you are too late !

Deadline for Free Broadband Voucher applications was the 30th November. 

No Internet Service Provider (ISP) is committed to providing a fast service for Compton and Littleton  currently –  a screen shot of a speed test showing less than 2.9Mbps should provide adequate evidence if needed to make your case  – please don’t accept a refusal.

If your application is refused or you have difficulties or you know people who cannot view the online form, or do not have an email address but would be interested in the subsidised alternative broadband scheme. Please contact CDS at

broadbandvoucher-mailbox@devon.gov.uk

and they will provide you or them with paper forms, along with a return address.

Contact Hugh Thomas  mailto:hughthomascdpc@gmail.com if you need assistance.

 

VONEUS COMMUNITY BROADBAND SCHEME

http://voneus.com/           –   65 Community Vouchers Needed

 

There was a good turn out for the meeting at the Meadway Hall on 11th of November for Voneus’s Presentation regarding a community broadband scheme in Compton Dundon.

Voneus stated they would provide a “minimum bidirectional speed of 24Mbps or they don’t get paid”  at £20 for 20GB or £35 unlimited data per month.

The outdoor hardware was shown and fixed wireless technology explained – the  timescales are tight though Voneus are confident.

 

If you wish to partake in the Voneus community scheme for Compton Dundon please contact Olivia Gray <olivia.gray@voneus.com> and send her your name, address, phone number and attach the voucher code in your email voucher.

28/11/16   Olivia Grey writes

We are still struggling with numbers on our end, but I have heard from CDS that there are 84 applications for CDS vouchers in Compton Dundon, with 65 of those already approved. So people seem to be aware of the vouchers, but are just not coming to us.

Do you have any idea as to why this might be? Obviously, any feedback at this point would be helpful as we really want to get this project off the ground.

Here are some articles relating to a project that we recently completed, this may help??

•             ISPreview – Voneus Bring 60-80Mbps Broadband to Dunton in Rural Bedfordshire http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2016/11/voneus-bring-60-80mbps-broadband-dunton-rural-bedfordshire.html

•             Cable.co.uk – Church tower helps bring superfast broadband to village https://www.cable.co.uk/news/church-tower-helps-bring-superfast-broadband-to-village-700001693/

•             Comms Business – Voneus Connects The Forgotten Village http://commsbusiness.co.uk/news/voneus-connects-the-forgotten-village/

 

HIGH SPEED BROADBAND    –  ACTION REQUIRED !

Dear Resident,

Thank you for attending the very successful event at the village hall on the 11th November, and a big thank you to those that have already registered their commitment to us.

We stated at this event that we need a minimum of 65 individual households to commit to installation along with a 24-month contact by the 9th December 2016 in order to make the project commercially viable, and to ensure installation by March 2017 (a deadline set by CDS).

Within 23 days, a decision will be made based on commitment received, as to whether or not we will go ahead with building a high speed broadband network infrastructure benefitting Compton Dundon.

We currently have only a third of the required commitment, and time is running out!

What we need from you: 

If you would like to be a part of this community build, please send your full name, address, contact number, CDS voucher code, (or state that you are willing to pay for installation) along with your package choice to sales@voneus.com .

If you have any questions regarding the service that we will be providing and what is available to you, please either contact myself, Hugh Thomas on hughthomascdpc@gmail.com or email helpdesk@helpdesk.voneus.com and we will be happy to help.

I will keep you updated with how we are getting on, but in the meantime, spread the word and let’s bring broadband to your community.

Yours sincerely,

Olivia Gray
Sales Executive+44 (0)20 3026 4122   +44 (0)77 6363 0954
Voneus Limited | Southgate Office Village
1st Floor – Block B | 284A Chase Road | London N14 6HF
@voneusbroadband   www.voneus.com
main line
helpdesk
sales team
020 3026 4100
020 3026 4111
020 3026 4123

Premises Issues

Do you have a voucher and do you wish to utilise it via a community scheme ?

CDS say that 45 premises in Compton Dundon have  vouchers out of 140 eligable premises but of them 37 have expressed interest to date regarding participation in a community scheme to

Hugh Thomas mailto:hughthomascdpc@gmail.com

Do you wish to keep your landline so you can still get technical support if your new service is down and you do not have mobile coverage?

Are you committed to an existing broadband contract (that is delivering more than 2Mbps) and therefore would  you be prepared to pay for two contracts during an overlap period ? You may have to spend hundreds of pounds on installation if you have not paid for it with a voucher now.

Listed building consent is required – cost free – for the ‘side plate’ sized external antenna (on the chimney or gable – antenna can be painted to blend in ).

Background

Compton Dundon Parish Council are aware that many residents are frustrated and dissatisfied with their current Broadband service, and  are anxious to ensure that everyone is made aware of the status of the Broadband rollout in the Parish. We hope the following information will help to clarify the situation.

1. Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) are responsible for managing some of the rollout in our Parish. However, according to CDS’s website, Compton and Ham Lane “area is either currently, or planned to be, commercially covered by a private sector service  supplier from the Street exchange (with 44… numbers). As such, (CDS) are not allowed to invest in this area under phase 1 of their program”. This information has been confirmed as incorrect as regards vouchers  where the Department of Culture Media and Sport have stated that all those with a sub 2Mbps service are eligible for vouchers (so do not accept a refusal on this basis). Much confusion has resulted from BT failing to improve this service despite committing to do so during phase 1. Dundon has received an improved service (though not “superfast” for most) under phase 1 covered by the Somerton exchange (those with with 27…numbers) which does not have a commercially viable status.

2. CDS are due to provide details of their Phase 2 rollout plans by the end of 2016, and have indicated that they will seek  much “Superfast” coverage by the end of 2017, with full service by commencement of 2019. We still do not know if Compton Dundon will be part of this rollout and 2019 is still 3 years away!

Please take the time to contact

David HALL – Councillor mailto:DHall@somerset.gov.uk and

David WARBURTON  mailto:david.warburton.mp@parliament.uk

to ensure they understand your needs as they influence the priorities for the roll out of Phase 2.

Surgeries by appointment only – contact Mrs Netia Carr on netia.carr@parliament.uk or 01373 580500 to book an appointment.

3. CDS have advised that up to 140 subscribers with a speed of less than 2Mbps in the parish are eligible to receive a Voucher ‘worth up to £500’, to fund the installation of a satellite or community wireless connection. Vouchers are available to homes and businesses and communities till Nov 2016 guaranteeing a minimum 10 Mbps on a range of tariffs with phase 2 unaffected.

4. CDPC would be willing to initiate a Community Scheme if there are sufficient people interested in the village. Even if you do not want to contribute to a Community scheme,  we would urge you to apply for a Voucher and consider how best you can improve your own Broadband service if you are eligible.

5. CDS have provided a list of authorised suppliers, such as ABInternet, and Airband which uses fixed Wireless technology. Or Satellite providers such as Avonline or Europasat. A complete list can be obtained from the CDS website.

6. A satisfactory and reliable Broadband service is becoming more important for everyone, and is now regarded as a “must have utility”, rather than a  convenience and can even affect house prices.

7. Hugh Thomas  is co-ordinating the responses for everyone who would like to be involved with the Community Scheme. There is nothing to be lost by applying for a Voucher, even if eventually it is not used. Please apply via the CDS Website and contact  Hugh  for any questions.

Hugh Thomas mailto:hughthomascdpc@gmail.com

 

BROADBAND SPEED

 HAM LANE – COMPTON STREET – STREET ROAD – SOMERTON ROAD

CDS have e-mailed parishioners to say that if they confirm that there is no viable ‘fibre’ service available to their property then they were happy to issue a voucher. On this basis anyone in the above areas should apply.

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You can Apply and use your VOUCHER to a Community Scheme    Crucially all residents with a service of less than 2Mbps are entitled to a Voucher ‘worth £500? towards a satellite based solution or a community scheme.

Run the BT speed test using the link below and find if your current service is less than 2Mbps.

http://speedtest.btwholesale.com/  Click ‘yes’ button and then ‘Begin Test’

If you have not applied yet you can apply here :-

https://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/broadband-voucher-scheme-enquiry-form/

Read the small print here

https://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/cds-broadband-voucher-scheme-terms-conditions

What can you do with your Voucher ?

Possible Suppliers of Community Broadband Services for those with Vouchers

 

A) Fibre to the premises

http://www.fibre-options.com/fttx-2/

100 Community Vouchers or interested parties  needed – With additional funding of £750+ / premises

 

B) Fixed Wireless

http://voneus.com/       65 Community Vouchers Needed

VONEUS           Presented on Friday 11th of November

Broadband Package Comparison

 

                                                    ESSENTIAL                      FREEDOM

Download speed                          Min 24 Mbps                  Min 24 Mbps

Data Allowance                         20 GB per month                  Unlimited

Cost                                            £20 per month                 £34.99 per month

Free installation with Connecting Devon and Somerset voucher

 

http://wireless.abinternet.co.uk/ABInternet/      40 Community Vouchers Needed

Which package is best for you?Essential Broadband 2Mb. £14.99/month inc vat.Our entry level broadband service for ‘light’ users. 2Mb download and 2Mb upload speeds and includes a free WiFi routerEssential Broadband 4Mb. £19.99/month inc vat.Our most popular broadband services. 4Mb download and 4Mb upload speed and includes a free WiFi routerEssential Broadband 10Mb. £29.99/month inc vat.Particularly good for large families with average demand. 10Mb download and 10Mb upload speeds and includes a free WiFi routerEssential Broadband 30Mb. £34.99/month inc vat.Intended for frequent and high usage broadband users. 30Mb download and 10Mb upload speeds and includes a free WiFi routerEssential Broadband 50Mb. £39.99/month inc vat.Designed for the most demanding of broadband users. 50Mb download and 10Mb upload speeds and includes a free WiFi router

 

 

http://www.bushbroadband.com/

Possible Speed 32Mb per second — Typical Cost £32 per month — Common Data Allowance 16GB per month

 

 

http://www.swi.net.uk/

 

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Set up fees paid for with voucher

You can use your voucher to bring benefits  to your individual premises using

C) Cellular – Mobile Data 4G Wireless Broadband Internet Connection

(Subject to availability of a 4G signal Outdoors via high gain aerial)

http://www.southwestmobilebroadband.com/

CDS VOUCHER (or £495) which includes the 4G Modem, External Antenna. EE Data PAYG Sim Card, Full Installation, and Site Survey and a 12 month Warranty (3 months on the modem), plus 12 months free support.

There is no extra cost for the hardware although a Data Only Sim card needs to be purchased through ourselves (which is an EE data sim card) or directly through the mobile supplier. Prices vary depending on the capacity size e.g. 16GB to 100GB and the length of contract i.e. 1 month rolling contract to 24 months.

16GB starts from £22 a month. 32GB for a 1 month rolling contract is £28, or a 24 month contract is £25 a month. These are our most popular deals. We also provide at a small additional charge VOIP solutions meaning the customer can use the internet without the need of a landline.

We also boost Mobile Phone signals through either “Wi-Fi calling” through EE, or via 02 and 3 apps which uses the router to boost the signal to the maximum strength.

D)Satellite Technology Providers

www.avonlinebroadband.com

www.satelliteinternet.co.uk

Other approved suppliers for those with vouchers

https://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/cds-voucher-provider-list/

Vouchers will be available until November 2016 or until the money runs out.

Vouchers do have a limited time for utilisation.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-led-broadband-schemes/introduction-to-community-led-schemes#model-6-community-owned-and-operated

Dissatisfied with your Broadband Service ?

Business or Residential Subscriber ?

Connecting Devon and Somerset needs to hear from YOU !

Complete the Survey below if YOU still need an improved service

CDS Demand Survey 2016

With additional funds following the budget for Phase 2 and Business connections make sure that those that represent you are aware of your needs.

Street 01458 44 … numbers and Littleton 01458 27… numbers – you are currently not included in a Connecting Devon and Somerset upgrade Program.

In order to gain a measure of the benefits of the upgraded service whether or not you have upgraded to the Superfast Service please run the BT speed test using the link below

http://speedtest.btwholesale.com/

If you have a service, that provides a speed of less than 2 Mb/s then you may be eligible for a voucher from CDS worth ‘up to £500’ for the installation of a minimum 10 Mb/s service via wireless or satellite. If there are many subscribers with a sub 2Mb/s service in the parish then a community scheme may be put in place.

http://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/cds-broadband-voucher-scheme/

Recommended Action

Contact your

MP David WARBURTON

david.warburton.mp@parliament.uk

David Hall – County Councillor Responsible for Connecting Devon and Somerset

DHall@somerset.gov.uk

Dean Ruddle – County Councillor

DDRuddle@somerset.gov.uk

Regional BT Chief

paul.3.coles@bt.com

Personel implementing admin for CDS

laurent.boon@bt.com

MDBallard@somerset.gov.uk

 

Somerton 01458 27… numbers – you can order your Service NOW.

Cabinets serving your postcode are currently live and accepting orders for fibre

 

Enjoy the Countryside Responsibly with your Dog

Enjoy the Countryside Responsibly with your Dog – Poster

The NFU is encouraging dog owners and walkers to be vigilant and responsible by sharing some simple guidance to make sure people, pets and livestock are safe.

http://www.nfuonline.com/loveyourcountryside_final/

Neospora abortion is now the most commonly diagnosed cause of abortion in cattle and is a serious concern for UK farmers. It can be caused by cattle ingesting the protozoan parasite Neospora caninum which may be carried by dogs and excreted in their faeces.
With your help the risk of cattle becoming infected can be significantly reduced by ensuring that all your dog’s faeces are picked up when walking in the countryside. Please remember to carry a litter bag with you and take it to your nearest dog litter bin for disposal.

Please adhere to ‘The Countryside Code’ and help protect the countryside and the animals that live in it.

A new leaflet entitled ‘Enjoy the countryside responsibly with your dog’ is available to view on the NFU website. To view or download the leaflet visit

http://www.nfuonline.com/…/latest-you-your-dog-and-the-cou…/

Thank you from the farming community for your help in protecting our beautiful British countryside together with the health and wellbeing of our livestock.

Preventing infection from worms

Both phases of the tapeworm’s life cycle must be broken in order to prevent infection. Suggestions include:
• It is important to control tapeworm infection in domestic dogs. Infected dogs usually don’t have any symptoms. Don’t assume that your dog isn’t infected just because it seems happy and healthy.
Regular preventive deworming of dogs is important, especially in rural areas where dogs may have access to animal carcasses.
• Take your dog to the vet for diagnosis and treatment (if necessary) for tapeworm infection. Treatment includes regular dosing with anti-tapeworm medicines.
• While your dog is undergoing treatment, dispose of its faeces carefully. Wear rubber gloves. Incinerate or bury deeply all dog droppings for at least three days. Wash your hands thoroughly after disposing of dog droppings.
• Thoroughly clean and disinfect the kennel and surrounding area.
• Always wash your hands with plenty of soap and water after touching your dog. Instruct children to do the same. Supervise small children when they wash their hands.
• Wash hands before eating, drinking and smoking and after gardening or handling animals.
• Only feed your dog with commercially prepared dog foods.
• Do not feed raw or cooked offal to your dog. This includes offal bought from a supermarket or butcher.
• Be especially vigilant if you are a sheep or cattle farmer. For example, keep your dog fenced or on a lead when it is not working to prevent it from eating carcasses.
• Do not allow your dog to roam when holidaying in country areas.
• If you grow your own vegetables, fence your vegetable patch to make sure that pets and wild animals can’t defecate on the soil.

A common and effective wormer provided by Vets

http://www.mayoclinic.org/…/praziq…/description/drg-20065610

FixMyStreet – an online site to share local problems and report them to the local authority

https://www.fixmystreet.com/

  What is FixMyStreet? FixMyStreet is an online site, accessible through a computer or smartphone to help people to share, view, or discuss local problems they have found, and report them to their local authority by simply locating them on a map. This avoids confusion in description about the location and photos may be added that save many words. The site automatically advises the correct local authority and maintains a record for future reference that may be accessed by others. Updates can be added to keep all concerned advised as to the progress towards resolution of the problem. Reports can be searched by area and postcode so interested parties, groups and  parish and town councils can keep track and monitor progress. Software is available for local authorities to fully integrate their service support.   What sort of problems should I report with FixMyStreet? FixMyStreet is primarily for reporting things which are broken or dirty or damaged or dumped, and need fixing, cleaning or clearing, such as:

  • Potholes
  • Dangerous Uncut Verges and Hedges
  • Blocked  Gullies and Culverts – Flood Risk
  • Dangerous or Impassable Pavements
  • Abandoned vehicles
  • Dog Fouling
  • Flyposting or graffiti
  • Flytipping or litter
  • Streetcleaning, such as broken glass in a cycle lane or pavement
  • Unlit lampposts

  How do I use the site? After entering a postcode or location, you are presented with a map of that area. You can view problems already reported in that area, or report ones of your own simply by clicking on the map at the location of the problem. How are the problems solved? They are reported to the relevant council by email. The council can then resolve the problem the way they normally would. Alternatively, you can discuss the problem on the website with others, and then together lobby the council to fix it, or fix it directly yourselves. Is it free? The site is free to use, yes. FixMyStreet is run by a registered charity, though, so if you want to make a contribution, please do.   Can I use FixMyStreet on my mobile? The FixMyStreet website will already work on your mobile phone, adapting to the size of your screen automatically. Using an app has some advantages, though — for example, you can create a report even when you have no network connection.

Practical Questions

I’m from a council, where do you send the reports? You can either leave a test report or contact us to find out where reports go at the moment. Also contact us to update the address or addresses we use. I’m from a council, can we have FixMyStreet on our website? Yes you can! We offer branded, hosted versions of FixMyStreet for local council websites. Full details.   Do you remove silly or illegal content? FixMyStreet is not responsible for the content and accuracy of material submitted by its users. We reserve the right to edit or remove any problems or updates which we consider to be inappropriate upon being informed by a user of the site.

County Council Election Results for the electoral division of Somerton

Somerton Electorate 7547 44% Turn out
Candidate Party Votes
green party CHAMBERS , Margaret Ruth Green Party 412
liberal democrat GADD, Julia Mary Frances Liberal Democrat 788
uk independence party PAGLIA, Oliver Frances UK Independence Party 514
labour PEARCE , Alan Labour 133
conservative RUDDLE , Dean Douglas Conservative 1450 Elected

http://www1.somerset.gov.uk/council/election/2013/divisions.asp

http://www1.somerset.gov.uk/council/election/2013/map/