Parish council calls for broadband change

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 June 2016

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Parish councillors in a North Somerset village have criticised local authorities over the lack of high-speed broadband in the parish.

Burrington Parish Council conducted a broadband survey earlier this year, finding average maximum download speeds of 2.9 megabits per second in the village, well-below the national average of 22.8, leading the parish council to slam BT Openreach and Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS), who together are responsible for improving the area’s access to high-speed broadband.

Cllr Roger Daniels said: “BT Openreach runs rings around CDS and North Somerset Council and does what suits them commercially with millions of public money.”

Council chairman Paul Keel said: “Our village has been forgotten. Surrounding villages have it, but we do not.”

Nearby villages Langford and Blagdon have high-speed access, but Burrington is yet to be included in CDS’s plans to provide complete access across the region by 2020.

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