Broadband

The area covered by the Parish Council has, along with many rural areas of the UK, some issues with the provision of broadband. Even if it is available, it can be extremely slow and a fraction of the speed available in urban areas, such as Chester and Ellesmere Port.

There are three exchanges that cover our area:

  • Little Stanney and Backford Cross – Ellesmere Port (0151)
  • Stoak and the Ashwood part of Wervin – Mickle Trafford (01244)
  • Wervin and Croughton – Chester North (01244)
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    So far (May 2013), Ellesmere Port and Chester North exchanges are fibre broadband-enabled. Mickle Trafford is, however, not yet enabled, however, this could change in 2014 as a result of the Connecting Cheshire initiative – Mickle Trafford exchange is planned to be in the Phase 1 of the roll-out starting in January 2014 (estimated completion from end of March 2014 onward). Update 5th November 2015: The green cabinet for Stoak is now available for connection to fibre broadband. BT estimate download speeds of up to 30Mbps. You will need to contact your provider to transfer to the new service. To check the latest news, use this link to the Openreach web site: Check your local cabinet .
    The green cabinet for Wervin and Croughton is situated on the corner of Flag Lane and Oakfield Drive in Upton. This cabinet has been fibre-enabled, meaning that faster connection speeds are attainable. However, due to the length of copper cable connecting Wervin and Croughton to the green cabinet, the absolute maximum line speed is likely to be about half of the 36Mbps capability of the cabinet. This speed reduces with the distance from the cabinet, but a further complication is the use of aluminium in the original Wervin/Croughton line – a practice no longer employed. Anyone connected to the old line, rather than the recently-laid copper line, will have difficulty getting even basic broadband.
    Click here to see a map of West Cheshire showing the current (Dec 2014) state of fibre networking: Planned Fibre Deployment in Cheshire West and Chester

    Connecting Cheshire
    Connecting Cheshire logo
    Connecting Cheshire is a joint project between Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Warrington Borough Council and Halton Borough Council, with BT as its telecom partner. Its aim is to bring Superfast Broadband and improved broadband speeds to communities and businesses across Cheshire, Halton and Warrington.
    For more information, visit the web site
    The Knutsford Guardian published the following article about the launch of the project on 1st May 2013: High speed broadband to be rolled out in Cheshire

    Councillor John Glazzard is the Parish Council’s “Digital Champion” and, in this role, attended the Connecting Cheshire Stakeholder Launch Event on 3rd June 2013 at Oulton Park, details of which are on the Connecting Cheshire web site.
    Councillor Glazzard also attended the Connecting Cheshire Deployment Announcement & Briefing on 6th December 2013 at Oulton Park. Again, details are on the Connecting Cheshire web site.
    He also attended the “Towards 100%Fibre” event at Alderley Park on 5th November 2015. The presentation slides for the event can be viewed here: Towards 100% Fibre
    Anyone requiring any further information, please use the Contact Us tab to contact Admin.

    Bulletins from Connecting Cheshire
    These bulletins contain information on implementation status as well as links to other useful information.
    Connecting Cheshire Update September 2013
    Connecting Cheshire Update November 2013
    Connecting Cheshire Update March 2014
    Connecting Cheshire Update April 2014
    Connecting Cheshire Update May 2014
    Connecting Cheshire Update June 2014
    Connecting Cheshire Update July 2014
    Connecting Cheshire Update August 2014
    Connecting Cheshire Update February 2015