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Internet providers withdraw interest in Deeping St Nicholas

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Plans to install high-speed fibre broadband in a village have ground to a halt after being postponed during the pandemic.

Deeping St Nicholas parish councillors discussed the proposal, which was first made prior to the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic by Quantum Air Fibre.

It was postponed due to government restrictions, and the internet providers have now withdrawn their interest.

Deeping St Nicholas Parish Council news. Photo: SG151012-135TW. (2908590)
Deeping St Nicholas Parish Council news. Photo: SG151012-135TW. (2908590)

“Quantum Air Fibre wanted the parish council to back the roll-out of high speed fibre,” said Coun Andy Croyle.

“Then Covid struck, and they have decided that Deeping St Nicholas is no longer a priority.

“I suggest that we as a parish council un-sponsor that project.”

Parish council chairman David Branton said: “I think we have to leave it for the time being and see what happens.”

– Parish council vice-chairman Deborah Croyle also outlined Deeping St Nicholas’ plans to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

She said it would be nice for the parish council to work with the Community Trust Committee (CTC) for a fair.

Food, music, a bouncy castle and a bar will be organised for the festivities.

“We’re looking for some nice old-fashioned English activities,” she added.

“Obviously it takes a lot of work to set this up.”

She hopes to hire some portable toilets for the day, which will cost around £150 each.

“I wouldn’t expect the CTC to pay for that,” she said.

“Things like portaloos do make a big difference, and we’ll need generators for the bar and bouncy castles.

“Should things take a turn for for the worse, then the fair will still go ahead as a celebration.”

Coun Andy Croyle urged any groups within the community who might want to help at the fair to come forward and let the parish council know.

– Coun Nigel Pepper, who represents Deeping St Nicholas on South Holland District Council, was at the parish council’s latest meeting to discuss a highways issue.

The topic had been raised at their previous meeting in September, and involved overgrown grass encroaching onto a footpath between Campaigns Lane and Willow Tree Farm.

Coun Pepper said he and parish councillor David Strudwick had been in contact with highways officers throughout the past few months.

“A highways officer came up with significant evidence that there is no encroachment. If there was any it was minimal,” he said.

Coun Branton disagreed with that verdict, claiming more could have been done.

“I am very surprised but I hear what you’re saying,” he said. “It seems we have done all we can do. It’s not very satisfactory.”

– Coun Barry Hopkins also gave an update on the state of a dog bin at Haywain Drive.

“Some lads decided they would use it as a trampoline,” he said.

“There is now a big dent in the middle. It has been emptied, but it isn’t going to get any better now.

“It is going to get worse. They have all been emptied apart from the one at the new bus stop. That’s probably because there was a bus in the lay-by and they thought they couldn’t be bothered.”

Parish clerk Angela Harrison told councillors she would try to sort out a replacement for the dented dog bin.

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