SWISH PROGRAMME 17 – 21 JANUARY 2022

Proposed Date of worksType of works: Road Name
17/01/22 – 21/01/22CivilsOakwood
17/01/22 – 21/01/22CivilsHighlands 
17/01/22 – 21/01/22CivilsSedgmoor Road
17/01/22 – 21/01/22CivilsCarrington Avenue 
17/01/22 – 21/01/22CivilsSt Hildas Way
17/01/22 – 21/01/22CivilsSt Birinus

SWISH PROGRAMME 10 – 15 JANUARY 2022

Proposed Date of worksType of works:Road Name
10/01/22 –  15/01/22CivilsOakwood
10/01/22 –  15/01/22CivilsHighlands
10/01/22 –  15/01/22CivilsCarrington Avenue
10/01/22 –  15/01/22CivilsRiver View
10/01/22 –  15/01/22CivilsSt Birinus

SWISH UPDATE AS AT 24 DECEMBER 2021

Please see below planned work schedule for the New Year:

04/01/2021
Cherrywood GardensDue
Oakwood RoadGranted
St BirinusGranted
River ViewGranted
Sedgmoor RoadDue
06/01/2021
St Hildas WayGranted

Granted status – Permit accepted by the local Highways Authority

Due status – Awaiting permit application from the local Highways Authority (Dates may be pushed back).

Please see below the latest update from Swish as at 3rd December:

Road NameType of works:Permit start datePermit End date
OakwoodCivils26/11/202118/01/2021
Chapman LaneCivils22/11/202117/12/2021
Cherrywood GardensCivils26/11/202117/12/2021
Heath End RoadReinstatment08/11/202117/12/2021
Chapman LaneReinstatment22/11/202117/12/2021
Sedgmoor RoadReinstatment08/11/202126/11/2021
OakwoodReinstatment26/11/202118/01/2021

Some of you may already have had leaflets and letters through the door from Swish telling you about their proposals to install ultra-fast broadband fibre in the village and I wanted to let everyone know a bit more about this key project.  In short, this is part of a government initiative to roll-out ultra-fast broadband across the whole country and Swish is just one of several commercial companies that are undertaking this work.  Swish has already installed fibre in Marlow and are currently working in Beaconsfield, Hazlemere and Bourne End.  They now have plans to cover Penn, Wooburn Green and Flackwell Heath, and will gradually roll it out to other local towns and villages in the future.

Of course, residents are not obliged to use the Swish service and many will consider their current service provider to be more than satisfactory.  However, for those working from home and increasingly using streaming services, ultra fast or gigabit broadband will be a great improvement.  But I’m not here to promote Swish but to highlight the impacts that residents will see whether or not they intend to use the service.  The first and most obvious will be the occasional road closure whilst the Swish contractors (MMB) dig new trenches for their fibre optic cables.  Thankfully, Swish will make use of existing BT ducts and poles wherever they can but, inevitably, there will be some roads where this is not practical.

I have been working with the Swish Project Managers to make sure that residents are made aware of any disruption they may suffer whilst the roadworks are undertaken and the company will provide me with regular programme plans that I can post and I had hoped to have done that before work commenced.  Unfortunately, they have brought the start date forward and road works have already started.

Nonetheless, I will continue to post weekly updates from the company showing where they are working – see below for this week’s notification. 

Road Name
Heath End Road
Oakwood
Clay Close
Sedgemoor Road
Chapman Lane
Cherrywood Gardens

Hopefully, all the required road works will be completed by October 2022.

Cllr David Johncock                                                                                    1 December 2021

david.johncock@buckinghamshire.gov.uk