Work started on 13th April 2021 to lay a fibre optic cable on Gibbet Hill from Mary Tavy to West Blackdown. It took only a day to bury 1.85km of conduit pipe beneath the moor. Work to pull the new underground fibre cable through the conduit is also complete.
Click here to see a video of the conduit being laid
After the disturbed soil was compacted there was virtually no evidence that the conduit had been laid. The rest of the fibre-to-the-premises network is being installed above ground on existing telephone poles. Work on hanging the fibre cable from existing telephone poles started on 27 April and is still being done on 1st July, with plenty of days in between when nothing has been happening. When this is completed individual houses will be connected by Openreach engineers using fibre cable. So far there is little sign of this! Openreach promised that West Blackdown homes and properties in Station View would have their superfast broadband network in operation by 23 July, but clearly this hasn’t been achieved.
It is not clear if the centre of the village will be connected mor or less at the same time. Trees have not been trimmed to allow access to the telephone poles between Station View and the village hall. Several home owners in the middle of the village received messages from BT indicating that their fibre network would be available by June 2021, but again this has not been delivered.