Update to Broadband info



The latest rumour from an Open Reach operative is that our fibre will arrive from the Dalton direction. Not a Gandalf instruction to “look to the east in three days”, but do remain optimistic.


Unfortunately, it seems that we have been lied to. The fibre that was ‘coming soon’ has no implementation date for Gayles – according to the Openreach website:

We’re sorry, our fibre products aren’t available for you yet.

We don’t have plans to upgrade your area yet to our fibre services, but you may still be able to get our Standard copper products – check with your provider of choice.

We’re upgrading over 25 million homes and businesses over the next decade to our Ultrafast Full Fibre network, giving speeds of up to 1Gbps.

We update our build plans every three months, so provide your details and we’ll keep you up to date if anything changes.

You could consider our Community Fibre Partnership programme if you want fibre sooner. This is a partnership between your community and Openreach.

So why put up telegraph poles, string fibre to them, dig up streets and thread conduit through them?
It seems that Openreach has been digging trenches from Richmond to Kirby Hill. Is this fibre on its way?

Gayles does not seem to be included in the coloured maps – nor does Dalton or  Ravensworth.

Kirby Hill and Newsham seem to be the closest places on the plans for fibre.



There are signs in the financial sections of the newspapers that indicate a more rapid fibre supply to homes in UK

Some may say that the delays were on the part of BT waiting on higher payments for fibre installation – some may not agree. We wait and hope

Fibre to the premises is coming soon.

I keep looking up the dictionary definition of ‘soon’. I suspect that my version is different from Openreach. We know it will come — after all, the signs are there

The pole is bare — but for how long?

Fibre Broadband

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Fibre has arrived

Coming up Middle Street and branching into Watling Close. It’s had a lab test and passed with flying colours. Next will be the master cabinet connection and a connection to each house – fibre to the premises (FTP). At last the end to broadband failure in heavy rain or snow.


This very thin fibre carries enough strands for 35 houses

OpenReach inspection carried out to determine the best way of taking fibre from the mail pole to your curtilage. (fn) Once that is complete, then you will need to contact your chosen broadband company (Sky, BT, Vodafone etc) to take the connection from the edge of your property into your house and connect it to your supplied modem



The conduit for the fibre is being laid in Watling Close.

Digging up the pavement

For the rest of the houses in the village, it appears that unless there is a conduit under ground, the connection will come in on overhead wires, The Steadings may have underground conduit laid as it was developed after Watling Close – keep an eye on diggers outside your house.


The next stage

OpenReach will set up a distribution cabinet and pass the fibre along the laid conduits or from poles to each curtilage. Then to complete the process, your chosen broadband supplier will take the fibre from the distribution box to inside your house.


The Closure will be in place for a period of 5 days between 22nd June 2020 and 26th June 2020 to allow BT to replace 37 existing poles. Please note this forms part of a roling road closure encompassing the following streets: Dalton to Gayles Road, Gayles to Places House, Gayles to Kirby Hill Road and West Street. Only one street will be closed at any given time and the closure will ony be in place between the hours of 09:30 and 15:30


Pole replacement

The 9m pole that was replaced as part of a rolling replacement program a few weeks ago, has just been replaced as part of the fibre broadband program. The pole was not high enough to clear the electricity cables and an 11m pole has taken its place

9m pole replaced by 11m pole



The program of pole replacement should have now been completed. Next stage pulling the fibre through to the junction boxes next to your house