Hyde Community Projects reach major milestone

Hyde Community Projects reach major milestone

We have some fantastic news to report regarding broadband in the New Forest. Hyde Community Projects (HCP) who have been working towards their own privately funded solution  have now received sufficient pledges to allow them to place their order with BT OpenReach.

HCP is now not far off being fully funded for the whole project. Signing a contract before the beginning of April ensured the project kept its place in Openreach’s ‘build stack’, which means it should be completed within a year, and hopefully sooner. Openreach has exceptionally granted HCP a five week contract break clause to secure the final tranche of about £20,000 of funding still needed, which it is hoped will come from residents (who have been very generous so far) and an external source. If HCP doesn’t succeed by then, the contract can be cancelled without penalty.

So, if you live in the South Gorley area of the parish – about as far south as Ibsley Garage on the Gorley Road – HCP is looking for anyone who still hasn’t, but would like to join the project! To pledge your support contact HCP via their website www.hydecommunityprojects.org.uk

This is just one example of communities seeking to improve their slow broadband speeds. The HCP scheme is the largest privately funded scheme of its kind in the UK but we are aware that there’s great interest from others wishing to do the same. In line with this, Brand New Forest (through the work of the Broadband Development Group) is working to produce a Community Toolkit. This document will provide a step by step guide to any community wishing to undertake their own improvement works. This document will be launched at the New Forest Show in July. For further details please contact us.


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