If your property has a shared private water supply, like most of us, you may have received a letter asking for responses to a consultation about some proposed changes to the legislation for private water supplies. To summarise very briefly, the following changes are proposed:
1) To increase the things sampled for, for at least 3 years, at extra cost to us.
2) To allow the local authority to increase charges for sampling and risk assessments, as they see fit.
3) To give the local authority powers to carry out works on our water supplies if they see fit, and charge us the cost.
Garsdale Parish council has sent the attached letter objecting to these three proposals, as we do not believe the proposal takes any account of the rural householders’ interests.
If you do not agree with the above proposal, then please ensure you lodge your objection before the deadline of 24 October, either online at
or by email to email@example.com
or by letter to
Drinking Water Quality
17 Smith Square
London SW1P 3JR
The Dent and Garsdale Community Hyperfast Broadband Initiative is a collaboration between B4RN, a non-profit specialist fibre broadband service provider (set up over 6 years ago and now with 3,500+ homes connected to its 1000Mbps fibre-to-the-home network), and the volunteers and communities of Dent and Garsdale.
Many properties in Dent are now connected, finance for Garsdale has already been secured, the orange pipe/duct which will contain the fibre is approaching the outskirts of Garsdale, community-minded landowners have given in-principle permission to allow the duct to be buried across their land – all we need now are volunteers to help make it happen in Garsdale.
Come along, have a cup of tea and a biscuit, listen, ask questions, and most importantly volunteer. This initiative needs you!
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.