Following enquiries when no roadworks started today, it appears that the resurfacing of the Garsdale sections of the A684 has been cancelled, or at least postponed until further notice
A B4RN action group for Dentdale & Garsdale has now been set up, and fund raising is well under way. The first duct has already been dug in on the route into Dent from Barbondale, and from the other side of Barbon the B4RN trunk line has now reached Casterton!
For more information see the “Hyperfast Garsdale & Dentdale” at
At long last some of our spectacular potholes are getting fixed!
As a result, the A684 will be closed overnight, from 8 pm to 5 am, on the following sections and dates:
16th – 18th March – A684, Black Horse Hill
29th March – A684, Dandra Garth
30th – 31st March A684, Badger Dub
1st – 2nd April A684, West of Longstone Fell
The B4RN project community broadband project is now rapidly approaching Dent, and could potentially reach Garsdale. Hence the Parish Council would like to invites Garsdale farmers, landowners and residents to a public meeting to receive information about the B4RN community broadband project.
The meeting will be held on 1 March 2016 at 7:30 pm in Garsdale Village Hall
- Presentation about the B4RN project by Barry Forde.
- Presentation about the action group for Dent & potentially Garsdale by David Pilgrim.
- Questions from the audience.
- Tea/Coffee break with the opportunity to talk to presenters and B4RN guests.
The public meeting will be followed by an extraordinary meeting of Garsdale parish council, commencing at approximately 8.30 pm, with the following agenda:
- To be considered: to support the proposed B4RN community initiative to bring superfast broadband to Garsdale.
Please pass the information to any neighbours who may not have seen this. The Agenda can also be downloaded here as a pdf: B4RN Public Meeting & Extraordinary PC Meeting
The 2016 Sedbergh Spring Show will be held on Saturday 23 April at the Peoples Hall, Sedbergh.
If you would like to enter, then a brochure with the entry form is available free from shops in Sedbergh. Alternatively you can download the brochure here:
A New Year Message from the Board
The last year has been a difficult one for the Fibre Garden Project with the failure to make any significant progress on the construction of the network and the subsequent loss of the DEFRA grant. The AGM in November 2015 instructed the Board to consider alternative options and work has carried on over the last couple of months to explore these.
These have been reviewed at the Board Meeting held on 6 January 2016 in readiness for an extraordinary meeting of the Membership to be held later this month. The project has clearly received a major setback but there are options for a way forward which can achieve the original objective of fibre to the home for every property in the two dales.
With a positive attitude for 2016 there is the potential to achieve our goal although this is likely to be with a significantly different approach.
Productive discussions have continued to be held with interested parties with the aim of having a strong proposal to put to members at the EGM on 14 January 2016. We are well on the way to having a concrete presentation to give at that meeting for members to vote on a way forward.
An Extraordinary meeting of Dent Parish Council was held on 14 December with a view to making a recommendation in respect of allowing a rescope for BT to provide a service to Dent itself. Many of those attending the meeting found the whole process itself extraordinary. In the event the Parish Council decided to make no decision. For the majority of the public attending the key issue was that BT could provide an improvement in Dent itself but that the more remote properties would be left as now. Whereas this was a Dentdale meeting many had in the back of their minds that the BT proposal would deliver nothing for Garsdale. This would be very divisive for the communities and certainly would not meet the objective of securing high speed broadband for all.
Meanwhile Dave Ryall has completed a training course in the handling and splicing of fibre which will help us considerably should we move forward with a community based project.
As this is likely to be the last posting before Christmas the Board would like to wish you all the best for the season and look forward to positive outcomes in the New Year.
You will have noticed that the Fibre Garden website is no longer functioning. This because around the time of the AGM and the community meeting the site became infected by malware. Why anyone should want to this is unclear. Despite many attempts it has proved impossible to repair this so for the moment we are not using the site but are relying on email and Facebook.
To help people keep informed if they do not have access to facebook, news posts from Fibre GarDen will also be posted here on the Garsdale Parish blog as a service to the community.
There was a Board meeting on 30 November 2015. David Wright was elected Chairman until we know the way forward and what structure will be needed for the future. At the meeting potential options were reviewed and progress to date discussed. A number of possibilities have been raised but with only one likely to deliver the original plan for fibre to every home in both dales from the start. Work will continue to develop these ideas ready for the EGM on 14 January 2016.
During the past week there has been a meeting with the Connecting Cumbria Project to review the current position and any future relationship. Dave Ryall has continued with visits to members of the community and others to help planning the future.