To approve an extension to the Fastershire Partnership agreement between Gloucestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council to 31 March 2024. The aim of the Fastershire project is to improve broadband availability across the two counties to support businesses, communities, and individual households to become more digitally connected.
The Fastershire project is nearing its conclusion with 97% of the county having the opportunity to access Superfast Broadband. The proposed one-year extension to the partnership agreement will ensure the Fastershire Team remains in place to manage the closedown of existing Stage 3 Regional delivery contracts with Gigaclear and support the delivery of Stage 5 Fastershire community grants.
The report also seeks approval to extend the completion date for two contracts awarded to Gigaclear as part of Stage 3 of the Fastershire delivery programme. This change request is linked to a previous change request agreed in December 2021.
• Lot 2/3c - from December 2022 to December 2023
• Lot 3e – from September 2022 to June 2023
Decision type: Key
Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000 and 2 Divisions affected;
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Notice of proposed decision first published: 09/01/2023
Any representations should be sent to:
Name: Ben Watts
Telephone: 01452 426771
By 5pm on 24 March 2023
Decision due: Between 27 Mar 2023 and 11 Apr 2023 by Leader of the Council
Lead member: Cllr Mark Hawthorne MBE, Leader of the Council email@example.com
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