For many years we have been waiting
for BT to upgrade its service to Castle Eaton and provide faster
broadband. UK Broadband Ltd, in partnership with SBC has now
installed a mast to supply wireless broadband to the village. This
mast is now live and a high-speed broadband service can be installed
and supplied by a number of companies, including Voneus. For more
information about wireless broadband
click here and for more
information about Voneus click here.
A commercial company, Gigaclear, is
providing a fibre service in Gloucestershire and is planning to
extend this to Castle Eaton in 2018. For more information
SERVICES FROM SWINDON BOROUGH COUNCIL
There has already been communication
about this and lots of articles in the local press.
Swindon Borough Council (SBC) wish to transfer to Parish Councils
some of the services they have traditionally provided, to allow them
to meet the spiralling costs of Social Care. This would mean that
Parish Councils would need to raise their precepts (the amount paid
to them annually by SBC) to cover the costs of providing these
services. Obviously, for very small Parish Councils like Castle
Eaton, this is not easy.
Negotiations are on-going, but it is getting to the point of ‘if
the Parish Council does not take this on, it will no longer be
Castle Eaton Parish Council has agreed in principle to take on extra
grass & hedge cutting, emptying litter bins and minor street
cleaning. A current stumbling block is the disposal of fly-tipping,
which the Parish Council is simply not equipped to do. Also, further
information has been requested on maintaining public footpaths.
Even though some ‘transitional funding’ is promised for 2017/2018,
the Parish Council has had to raise its precept by 5.2%. However,
this may not be the actual figure that appears on Council Tax bills,
as this depends on the number of full payers, property bands, etc.
COMMUNITY BENEFIT FUND
Castle Eaton Parish Council was
fortunate to receive a considerable amount of money from a solar
park developer, which has to be spent according to strict rules. So
far, projects have been funded for the Village Hall and also for the
Childrens’ Play Area.
The fund is still open and proposals
are requested from residents on tangible projects that will give
benefits to the community.