Issue details

Fastershire Project – Extension of Delivery and Transition Agreement and BDUK Partnership Agreement

1.    To approve a contract extension requested by the supplier, namely Gigaclear, who was appointed by Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) and Herefordshire Council under two contracts for the delivery of broadband infrastructure as part of Stage 3 of the Fastershire delivery programme. This change request is linked to a previous change agreed in March 2023.


·         Contract extension 1: Lot 2/3 (c) – from December 2023 – for the period until December 2024

·         Contract extension 2: Lot 3 (e) – from June 2023 – for the period until December 2024


2.    To extend for a period of one year the term of the Fastershire Partnership Agreement between Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) and Herefordshire Council to 31 March 2025. The proposed one-year extension will ensure the Fastershire Team remains in place to manage the remainder of the delivery and closedown of the Stage 3 contracts with Gigaclear.


3.   Authorisation is also sought for GCC to sign a Project Gigabit Partnership Agreement between the County Council and Building Digital UK (BDUK). This agreement outlines the role GCC will have within the project as it is delivered across Gloucestershire by commercial suppliers appointed by BDUK.


Any representations should be sent to Ben Watts by 5.00pm on Wednesday 21 February 2024


Tel 01452 426771


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000 and 2 Divisions affected;

Decision status: For Determination

Notice of proposed decision first published: 10/01/2024

Decision due: Between 8 Feb 2024 and 31 Mar 2024 by Leader of the Council

Lead member: Cllr Mark Hawthorne MBE, Leader of the Council

Contact: Colin Chick, Executive Director of Economy, Economy and Infrastructure Email:


Background papers

  • The Fastershire Strategy 2019-2022 is available on the Fastershire website at: Fastershire_Broadband_Strategy_2019-22.pdf  
  • Cabinet decision – February 2017 – Contract Award: Fastershire Broadband Strategy Stage 3 – Lots 2/3 C, 3 D, 3 E and 4.  
  • Individual Cabinet Member Decision – December 2021 – Programme Change to Fastershire Delivery  
  • Individual Cabinet Member Decision – March 2023 – Extension of the Fastershire Partnership agreement with Herefordshire Council to 31 March 2024 and delivery time extensions for Gigaclear contract  
  • Executive Officer Decision – June 2023 Extension of the Fastershire Agreement with Herefordshire Council