Broadband pilot scheme in Upper Dicker, Heathfield and Isfield

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UPPER Dicker will take part in a pilot scheme to improve high speed broadband access to homes and businesses costing £137,000.

The bid, also covering the western area of Heathfield and also Isfield, has been co-ordinated by the Wealden Local Strategic Partnership and Wealden District Council. It has been provided through the South East England Development Agency.

St Bede’s Senior School has put together the Upper Dicker bid to benefit local businesses and households in the village including one of the district’s prime tourist attractions, Michelham Priory.

Ian Chisnall, chairman of Wealden Local Strategic Partnershipp, said: “Fast broadband can enable more people to work from home, securing both environmental benefits as they cut down on commuting, and social benefits creating more time to provide care for children and elderly relatives.”

Bids have also benefited from technical advice from East Sussex County Council.

Wealden’s Local Strategic Partnership is collecting information about the broadband needs of Wealden’s communities: http://www.wealdencommunitystrategy.org.uk/broadband.aspx