How it’s going in Wigglesworth, Rathmell and Halton West
By Roderic Mather from the communities of Wigglesworth, Rathmell and Halton West
I attended the conference in Ripon and returned home fired-up to attack the project. There seemed to be nobody else from this area that attended the conference so I elected myself as local champion.
The 3 villages around here are Rathmell, Wigglesworth and Halton West. In order to gain the suggested level of support, I avoided the high cost of posting letters and the cost imposed on others to return signed forms of support and opted for the slightly less expensive tour of the district by car. As a result of two morning trips I had close on 100 signatures and feel that I have not even scratched the surface because many houses were unoccupied at the time of my calling.
Were there was someone at home, I received 100% support and consequently, am of the view that there is little point in taking things further because of the overwhelming desire of everybody in this area to gain access to faster broadband speeds.
Our own speed here is a magnificent 0.7mbps on a good day so you can understand our general frustration in running a business from home.