Welcome to the Monyash, Flagg and Sheldon Broadband Project
This is the website for the project to deliver superfast broadband to the villages of Monyash, Flagg and Sheldon in Derbyshire. The project is waiting to hear the outcome from submitting an Expression Of Interest to Defra under its Rural Community Broadband Fund for funding to help get a broadband service in place. We're also talking to potential service providers to find out what would be involved, what sort of price a service might cost a customer and how long it would take to do the work.
Last of all, we're always looking for people to help, even if only with spreading the word. So if you think you can offer a little time, please Contact Us. There's a bit more detail on the sort of help we need HERE.
In the summer of 2011, Monyash Primary School had a new connection to the Internet installed, using fibre optic cable. The school now has a faster and more reliable broadband service, but this only uses a fraction of the capacity of the fibre optic cable.
There is an initiative at both Government and County Council level to improve the broadband service to residents and businesses in rural areas. The school’s broadband service provider, EMBC (East Midlands Broadband Consortium) worked with the County Council in the second half of 2011 to find a small number of villages where the existing broadband service is poor and where the village school has a fibre optic connection. There is funding available to help build a better broadband service for such villages, and Monyash has been approached to see if the community would be interested.
Flagg has no fibre optic cable as the cost of installing it would be prohibitive. The County Council would also like to get a better broadband service to Flagg, on the back of an improved service for Monyash. Sheldon has no school so the route of getting a service from a fast connection, like the fibre optic to Monyash Primary, is not possible. Like Monyash and Flagg, Sheldon has a poor broadband service as we stand.
The three villages teamed up in the first half of 2012 and submitted an Expression of Interest to Defra (Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) under the Rural Community Broadband Fund (RCBF) in July 2012. In September 2012, we heard from Defra that the Expression of Interest has been accepted, with some conditions. At the beginning of October 2012 we held a community meeting to spread awareness of what superfast broadband would mean to our communities and to get more people involved as we start to plan the next steps following Defra's response.
Check back from time to time to see the latest news updates - and don't forget to contact us if you have any questions or ideas, or if you can help.