Local MP Jack Lopresti visted the Willow Brook Centre on Saturday to join Town Councillors in welcoming support from Bradley Stoke businesses in the campaign to bring faster broadband connections to the town.
About 2,000 homes in Bradley Stoke have very poor broadband speeds because they are too far away from the BT exchanges at Filton and Almondsbury and their streets are not cabled by Virgin Media.
Mr Lopresti has vowed to make the fight to secure faster, more reliable, broadband coverage across his constituency one of his top priorities and he recently met Communications Minister Ed Vaizey to discuss the problem.
The Bradley Stoke Journal has been urging local residents to vote in the Race to Infinity, a nationwide competition being run by BT, that will see the five areas registering the most votes fast-tracked for the installation of superfast fibre optic broadband.
Vote now at: www.racetoinfinity.bt.com
N.B. You don’t need to be a BT customer in order to vote. Even if you are content with the broadband speeds you are getting (perhaps because you are a Virgin Media customer), please take a few seconds to vote and help those who are less fortunate.
Generous financial support from the Willow Brook Centre, CJ Hole and the new Bradley Stoke Harvester restaurant has funded the printing of banners and posters to publicise the BT competition, which runs until the end of year.
The sponsorship has also facilitated the printing of 5,000 leaflets to publicise the BT competition and a further 2,000 leaflets to promote a second campaign front that will demonstrate the demand for Virgin Media to complete its cable network in the town.
All the publicity material has been designed free of charge by local graphics design firm Fortyfour Creative, one of many local firms that say their business is seriously affected by being in a broadband ‘slowspot’.
A team of volunteers from the local community is being assembled to distribute leaflets to the 2,000 homes in the 52 Bradley Stoke streets that aren’t currently on the Virgin Media network. The remaining leaflets will be distributed through schools, community centres, libraries, pubs, shops and local businesses.
Matt Gregory, Sales Manager at sponsors CJ Hole North Bristol, who was unable to attend the publicity launch due to business commitments, said later:
“We at CJ Hole are very pleased to support what we believe is a vital campaign to the residents of Bradley Stoke. With the local economy prospering and with new job opportunities being created, we understand that tenants and homeowners moving to the area demand the most efficient broadband service available. We are always heavily involved with community events and are never surprised to see such strong support for a cause which is going to benefit one and all.”
The Journal’s Better Broadband campaign has the full support of Bradley Stoke Town Council, which is kindly displaying a campaign banner at the top of its website. The Council has also placed broadband campaign posters on all its noticeboards in the town.
Anyone able to help with the upcoming leaflet drop (starting 27th November) is asked to email email@example.com. We currently have over half the streets covered but still need volunteers for 23 of them. A full list of the streets being targeted and the volunteers assigned to them can be seen here.
If you would be able to display a poster or distribute leaflets at your place of work, please get in touch and we’ll deliver them to you.
Top photo, L-R: Cllr Jon Williams, Andy Oram (Willow Brook Centre), Cllr Brian Hopkinson, Cllr Ben Walker, Rob Wilson (Fortyfour Creative), Cllr John Ashe, Adam Giles (Bradley Stoke Harvester), Jack Lopresti MP, Cllr Ernest Brown, Cllr Robert Jones.
Second photo, L-R: Andy Oram (Willow Brook Centre), Adam Giles (Bradley Stoke Harvester), Cllr Ben Walker, Jack Lopresti MP.
More info: Better Broadband Campaign (The Journal)
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