Just a quick update on the superfast broadband scheme. As you know, we were successful in our application to SSE for £69,000 towards the project, and we have now applied to Glenkerie windfarm fund for the same amount. The committee recently undertook a question-and-answer session with Foundation Scotland, the administrators of the scheme on Glenkerie’s behalf. Foundation Scotland will make a recommendation to the local panel at the end of this month. The application will then be assessed by the panel on March 13, and a decision will be made at that meeting. The committee has been allowed to make a presentation on March 13, which we are grateful to Glenkerie windfarm/Foundation Scotland for, as we feel this is imperative to explain the scheme.
On the Gigabit front, we are experiencing some delays/difficulties due to the fact that staff at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have been seconded to Brexit duties. However, we are on course to reach around £80,000.
In short, this means that a successful application to Glenkerie should allow the scheme to start as soon as BT can arrange the works, hopefully this summer.
Best wishes, Paul Greaves, secretary, Tweedsmuir Community Council.
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