West Dorset Community Broadband Win
12:33pm 27th June 2014
A community group has won a battle to get superfast broadband to one of Dorset's most hard to reach areas.
The Marshwood Vale group has been campaigning to get extra funding to afford the quicker internet speeds in their small hamlets.
200 residents and local businesses joined the charge and the area has been included in the Superfast Dorset rollout.
Work should start in 2015.
Daryl Turner, who represents the Marshwood Vale on the county council, worked with county colleague Rebecca Knox, district councillor Michael Robinson and MP Oliver Letwin to support the bid.
Mr Turner said: "Charles Somers worked tirelessly to co-ordinate and channel the desperation of residents and businesses in the vale for faster, more reliable broadband.
"He collected the evidence that it was needed in this area where current speeds are particularly low. The Superfast Dorset project provided the technical information required by Government to approve the scheme. It was a fantastic joint effort and will make a huge difference to people's lives, enabling businesses and communities to thrive in this beautiful but remote corner of Dorset."
The areas to benefit are parts of Marshwood, Broadwindsor, Bettiscombe, Stoke Abbott, Thorncombe and surrounding parishes which were not already included in the Superfast Dorset project.
Details can be found on the map by clicking here.