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Enderby roads will close to enable cabling operation

virginmediaThe programme of cabling-up the highways throughout Enderby with fast, ‘fibre optic to the premises’ is pushing ahead on schedule.

Seven local roads (listed below) will be closed at points during March and April.

The programme is part of the Government’s push to extend the reach of superfast broadband throughout the country.

In many cases, the existing ‘fibre to the cabinet’ infrastructure means that the fast speeds offered by fibre optic cable extend to the familiar ‘green’ street cabinets but thereafter rely on the copper telephone lines to deliver the service to the customer.

In order to bring the fibre optic cable to customers’ premises it is necessary to lay new cabling – and that process has not been without controversy in Enderby. To date, cabling the narrow, often congested roadways has been challenging. That was perhaps inevitable but there were also issues around the making-good of ground once the cable had been laid.

Focus on these issues is likely to become more intense as the cabling programme moves into the older. narrower areas of the village.

The partner firms responsible for the cabling operation are aware of the concerns and have taken steps to mitigate the disruption as much as possible.

In order for Virgin Media to install the cabling throughout the village, Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to the closure of the roads listed below during March and April.

Affected roads:

Conery Lane
7th March – 15th March.

King Street
Sunday 13th March 1 day only.

Chapel Street
21st March – 27th March.

High Street
28th March – 3rd April.

The Cross and Cross Street
4th April – 11th April.

Moores Lane
11th April – 18th April.

For further information, contact:
AFL Global Ltd
01344 208921
Leics Highways
Tel: 0116 305 0001

Broadband boost continues across Blaby district

Superfast LeicestershireHomes and businesses in Enderby are taking advantage of the increase in broadband speed thanks to the Superfast Leicestershire project.

The project is a £28 million partnership between Leicestershire County Council and BT to increase the fibre broadband coverage across the county.

In Blaby District, many communities have already benefitted from the upgrades in broadband. Almost 5,400 additional premises have been reached across 14 villages including Enderby, Sharnford, Braunstone Town and Blaby.

Kirby Muxloe, Narborough and Thurlaston will receive a further boost in the coming months, as the partnership continues to ensure villages receive extensive coverage across the district and county.

One of the many businesses to benefit from the introduction of Superfast Broadband to the district is Littlethorpe-based POD Chiropody and Laser, run by directors Raj and Zoe Zavery.

Raj Zavery

Raj said:

“As our workload increased, it was no longer practical to operate the whole business with everyone sharing one computer; it took forever to upload large files to our website and out connection was very unreliable.”


Having fibre broadband, allows people to benefit from faster upload and download speeds. In particular, businesses can also run meetings by video link and reach customers through new, faster and easier to track methods of communication like Facebook and Twitter.

POD director Zoe added:

Zoe Zavery

“As soon as we made the change to superfast fibre broadband we noticed the difference immediately. We get up to 40Mbps which allows us to do lots of online tasks at once.

“We now take for granted that our connection is strong and reliable; customer service is never affected. Effective technology is critical for us; the business would not survive without it.”

Tom Purnell, Assistant Chief Executive of Leicestershire County Council, said:

tom purnell
Tom Purnell

“It’s exciting to be at this stage in the project, as we see more people able to take advantage of the many benefits of fibre broadband.

“Homes and businesses in Blaby District, like the rest of Leicestershire, are benefitting from our partnership with BT and I’m looking forward to even more cabinets being connected in the near future.”

Leicestershire County Council has invested £5.4m in the project. £1.1m has been allocated by the district and borough councils including Blaby District Council, with an additional £6.5 million coming from Government and £1.2 million from the European Union Development Fund.

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership has allocated £2 million from its Local Growth Fund and BT is also contributing £11.4 million towards the overall cost of the Superfast Leicestershire deployment.

More information at www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk/when-and-where.