Superfast Broadband – Now Available!

Whilst the Openreach Superfast Broadband site doesn't list Whitwell as finished, some street cabinets are now ready.  You can find out if your cabinet is enabled by going here: and entering your phone number.

Remember, you don't have to order from BT – Fibre broadband is available from nearly all ISPs including TalkTalk, Sky and smaller ones such as Zen, AAISP, Goscomb etc.

If you do get connected up we'd love to hear from you about who you went with and what speeds you're seeing.

Parish Councillor Resigns

As some of you will already know, Cllr. Frow has handed in her resignation to the Whitwell Parish Council and it was accepted on the 10th October 2012 at the Parish Council Meeting.  This leaves a vacancy on the Parish Council and 3 possible options:

  1. Things continue as they are now, with 7 of 8 council seats filled (4 Labour, 3 Residents Association).
  2. The Parish Council co-opts a member on to the council.
  3. An election is called for by residents of Whitwell Parish, this has two outcomes:
    1. Only one person decides to stand for election, in which case they are duly elected.
    2. More than one person stands and a ballot is required as per normal election time procedure.

Option 2 would have an effect on the Parish Councils policy of pursuing Quality Status for the council, as it is not possible to obtain Quality Status with co-opted members.

Anyone wishing to see a fully democratically elected council (we expect a majority of the current council would like to co-opt based on what we picked up from the council meeting) would need to obtain ten signatures on a letter addressed to the Returning Officer at Bolsover District Council before the 24th of October 2012 requesting that an election be called to fill the vacancy on Whitwell Parish Council.

If the above description fits you and you're not sure you can get ten signatures from like minded members of the parish then please let us know and if anyone else wishes to do the same then we will put you all in touch with each other.

We'd also like to hear from you on what you consider the desired outcome/option at this moment in time.

Superfast Broadband

We know there have been a few doubters on the issue of Superfast Broadband (FTTC) ariving in Whitwell, but it is happening – and we've got the pictures to prove it!  These were taken 20 minutes ago and Openreach were also here last night doing work as well, apparently the council (Bolsover we assume) will only let them do these works in an evening.

The pictures below (sorry for the quality) show Openreach putting in one of the main and final links to make it all happen.

We also spoke with the Openreach engineers who told us you'll have to be quick when it does go live as currently each street cabinet only has 100 tie pairs to it – meaning only 100 lines on each cabinet can get service to start with.  So if you do want it, then it might be a good idea to register your interest with your ISP (It doesn't have to be BT Retail).