Prest­bury nets a su­per fast web

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

PREST­BURY res­i­dents can look for­ward to life in the fast lane af­ter new fi­bre broad­band street cab­i­nets were switched on in the vil­lage.

Lo­cal MP David Rut­ley was there to mark the ar­rival of the su­per fast broad­band, along with Prest­bury ward coun­cil­lor Paul Find­low and Arthur Dicken, chair of Prest­bury Par­ish Coun­cil, who cut the rib­bon to de­clare the ser­vice up and run­ning.

Andrew Arditti, dig­i­tal en­gage­ment man­ager at Con­nect­ing Cheshire, a partnership be­tween BT and Cheshire West and Ch­ester, Cheshire East, Hal­ton and War­ring­ton coun­cils, switched on the cab­i­nets, which will be served from the lo­cal tele­phone ex­change.

Fol­low­ing the switchons, around 1,500 premises in the Prest­bury area and 80 near to Mar­ton Heath are now able to up­grade to the su­per fast in­ter­net con­nec­tion.

The devel­op­ment is an im­por­tant one for busi­ness own­ers and house­holds with mul­ti­ple de­vices re­quir­ing in­ter­net ac­cess.

Speak­ing fol­low­ing the switch-ons, Mr Rut­ley said: “This is more good news for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, who can now get the ben­e­fit of superfast broad­band.

“Con­nect­ing Cheshire is con­tin­u­ing to work hard to de­liver the best ser­vice for Mac­cles­field res­i­dents and busi­nesses, and I would like to thank Andrew and the team for their hard work.

“There is clearly more work to be done to sup­port all of our harder to reach ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in the area and I will con­tinue to raise these con­cerns with BT, Cheshire East Coun­cil and Con­nect­ing Cheshire.”

Res­i­dents will be able to check if their home or busi­ness can be up­graded by vis­it­ing con­nect­ uk.

●● Ge­off Leigh-Ford and his wife Gill will take over the Ad­mi­ral Rod­ney in April

●● Arthur Dicken cuts the rib­bon with MP David Rut­ley (cen­tre) and Coun Paul Find­low

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