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2020 Update Summary

Fibre broadband by B4RN for Burton

To date we have connected 70 properties on Vicarage Lane, Morewood Drive, Boon Walks, Cocking Yard, Oak Court, Mowbray Drive, Thornleigh Drive and Dalton Lane.

B4RN leave a connection for every property.

During the year we have started to install ducting to properties on the west side of the village including Barton Close, Barton Row, The Square and Neddy Hill. These properties will all be connected via ducting from the fields to the west of the village.

In September the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) announced that they were closing the Gigabit Project from the 24th of the month. As a result we endeavoured to get as many people signed up before the deadline.

This was particularly in those areas where B4RN had proposed a ‘hard-dig’ i.e. Hutton Close, Hollowrayne, St James’s Drive, Burton Park, Station Lane, Vicarage Close, Tanpits Lane, Neddy Hill and the main road between the last two.

In October we learnt that, after concerted lobbying by Tim Farron and Michael Lee (B4RN CEO), the B4RN4Burton project had been granted ‘Voucher Priority Area’ status. Essentially this means that we can continue to plan and build the network within the village. There are currently 148 voucher applications waiting for a connection.

To get a voucher go to www.b4rn.org.uk/getb4rn. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


B4RN Whole Village Meeting

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 from 19:00-21:00 Burton Morewood School

Village meeting to demonstrate B4RN and discuss the next steps for village wide roll out. Please put the date in your diary and spread the word.


October 5th, 2019

With the help of Sue Caddy & Martin Lange (both quite rightly nominated for an INCA Gold award www.inca.coop/news/awards-shortlist-2019) two more houses on the Head End have had fibre blown to them today.

We have also patched and connected our first residential & business customers on Morewood Drive.They have received Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) vouchers from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) which reduces our parishes overall installation costs. I think it would be fair to say that they are blown away by the consistency and speed of the B4RN service so far. Because both the customers dug their own conduit in from their boundary to where the router has been located they will receive £150 & £300 respectively for the residential and business connection back from B4RN now they are connected.They will both pay £30 per month for an 'all you can use' service and will be able to serve notice on their respective broadband companies. There is no line rental to pay and they are looking forward to taking up a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone service which will save them a significant amount of money whilst allowing them to keep their existing phone number.

Those people who either don’t have time or are not able to dig the conduit in can use the £150 for residents & £300 for businesses to pay a contractor to dig the connection in on their behalf. This will potentially make the roll out of B4RN for the village significantly quicker.

A before and after speed test from both properties, these were both previously fed by different suppliers but both used copper connections to enter the properties. Note the significantly better ping time as well showing a quicker response to and from the server.


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October 1st, 2019

We have the pleasure of announcing that the B4RN cabinet in Burton is live as of today and Burton Morewood School has received a free 1000 Megabits per second connection. This marks the completion of Phase One of our project to deliver a Gigabit connection to our village.

We would like to thank all the people who have made this vision a reality, there are too many to name in an individual email but include the landowners who kindly gave permission for the connection to pass across their land; the people who invested to allow us to build the infrastructure; the people who gave up their time to dig the core route and local connections in; the people at B4RN who have supported & facilitated this community project; the people in the village who have championed our cause and gone door to door for expressions of interest; the B4RN champions from other villages in particular Silverdale who have given expert help, advice and time with us to keep our project on track.

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September 14th, 2019

The house connections have commenced for those properties directly connected to the B4RN cabinet, this includes properties on Morewood Drive & Boon Walks.

We await B4RN blowing and splicing the core route fibres but we have a continuous run of conduit from Dalton all the way to the B4RN cabinet at Burton Morewood School. We are on a short list of projects in B4RN space to get this done imminently.

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August 15th, 2019

B4RN have carried out the Caterpillar Walk Crossing. 

B4RN have carried out the road crossing across Vicarage Lane. This means we have a continuous conduit run from Dalton to the B4RN cabinet at Burton Morewood School. 

We have dug a trench behind the B4RN cabinet to allow an electrical connection to be made to the school next week. 

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