We recently received a letter from Alex Chalk (the Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for Cheltenham) supporting our campaign.
Here are some excerpts:
“You are raising a concern which I entirely share.
In 2011, a consumer comparison survey found Cheltenham had one of the worst broadband speeds in the country.
In 2013, the percentage of Gloucestershire households not receiving a 2MB average service was 11%, compared to just 5% in London. Gloucestershire had the 131st slowest average speeds out of the 202 areas.
… Cheltenham seems to be losing out in relation to our county neighbours. Whereas no households in Gloucester and only 83 in Stroud are set to miss out on the super-fast Openreach broadband rollout, Cheltenham has … 1,504 homes and businesses missing out on the programme.
This is definitely a key issue that needs more attention. If unaddressed, it threatens to completely undermine Cheltenham’s future prosperity.
It is absolutely essential that this issue starts to be treated as a real priority.”
Mr Chalk has agreed to write to the relevant members of the Fastershire group, including Gloucestershire County Council, the Department for Culture and BT to see what progress is being made to improve the situation.
We thank Mr Chalk for this support and look forward to some positive responses from his letters.