Delight as fibre broadband will reach village in weeks

Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey, with pupils from Brinscall St John's CE/Methodist Primary School at the launch of super fast broadband in Brinscall earlier this year
Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey, with pupils from Brinscall St John's CE/Methodist Primary School at the launch of super fast broadband in Brinscall earlier this year

Residents and businesses in a Chorley village will have access to high speed broadband by Christmas.

The fibre broadband is being made available to properties in Wheelton.

“It will make a massive difference to the people in Wheelton and to other areas that might be waiting to get it.”

County Coun Kim Snape

It is one of the few remaining areas in the borough without access to fibre broadband, with coverage in Chorley currently at around 95 per cent.

It is being provided by Superfast Lancashire – a partnership between BT and Lancashire County Council – and follows fibre broadband being made available in Brinscall earlier this year.

A spokesman for Superfast Lancashire said: “There are already 2,000 homes and businesses in the Brinscall exchange area which have access to the high speed fibre broadband network.

“In addition we are in the process of completing the final work that will feed the remaining parts of Wheelton, which means they should be able to order fibre broadband by Christmas.

“Of those premises that can receive the service today around one in four have taken up the option to do so. By the time the final works are completed almost 2,200 homes and businesses will have access to the network.”

The impending arrival of fibre broadband has been welcomed by those in Wheelton.

Gareth Ball works as a a senior technical consultant for a London-based IT consultancy from his home on Meadow Street, Lower Wheelton, and is eagerly awaiting fibre broadband.

He said: “I am very reliant on decent broadband.

“At the moment it’s workable but it’s not ideal. It can be sometimes quite unreliable.

“This investment will bring stability and enable me to work full-time from home.”

County Coun Kim Snape, whose Chorley Rural East ward includes Wheelton, said people there struggle with slow internet speeds and were looking forward to having fibre broadband.

She said: “It will make a massive difference to the people in Wheelton and to other areas that might be waiting to get it.”

While fibre broadband will be available in Wheelton soon, people with broadband access already are not automatically upgraded.

People should check the Superfast Lancashire website and contact their service provider to sign up for the fibre broadband.