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MP challenges BT on broadband secrecy

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has urged the Communications Minister to ask BT to disclose where rural broadband will be delivered.

Mr Farron wrote to Ed Vaizey MP after residents complained to him about the lack of information being provided by BT.

“It matters that we have this information so that we can work to find alternative solutions and at the same time campaign to have those areas included. BT are using public money to deliver this project, so its all the more important that they tell the public exactly what they are planning.

“I wrote to the Minister today to push for a Ministerial directive under which BT would be statutorily required to specify the precise locations to which the programme will guarantee to deliver fast broadband. I don’t think that this is asking too much, and I’ll continue to fight for our right to access good quality rural broadband, at the same speeds as urban areas.”

– Tim Farron, MP for South Lakes

With fast broadband small businesses will have the modern internet connections that they need to trade and families in the area can take advantage of the latest technologies.


Heritage Lottery Fund grant for South Lakes

A community group has been given a £1.5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to spend on woodland across South Lakeland.

The funds will preserve the landscape, protect traditional skills and improve access to archaeological sites.

The Rusland Horizons project hopes to recruit up to 30 employees, including 11 apprentices over the next 4 years, providing a boost to jobs in the rural Cumbrian valleys.

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