Over 50 residents attended a second meeting to ask questions about a potential Hyperfast Fibre Broadband project for the communities of Lawkland, Eldroth, Wharfe, Feizor and Austwick (LEWFA). Nearly 80 households have attended this or the first meeting.
Question were put firstly to Barry Forde CEO of Broadband for the Rural North, (B4RN), which could provide of a hyperfast fibre broadband service for the area. Then a resident using the Abbeystead service (one of the first installed by B4RN), Mike Pugh, explained his experience of using both BT and B4RN. Michael Southworth answered questions about Austwick Community Broadband Association current service. (see attached report)
Concluding the meeting which was organised by Lawkland Parish, the chairman Christine Watson, asked for a show of hands in support of proceeding with the project. An overwhelming majority indicated this, and over 30 people signed up to help with a variety of tasks. A working group is now being formed to take over the initiative from Lawkland Parish.