Broadband scheme to cost additional £44,000


A project to deliver superfast broadband across Lincolnshire is to cost Boston Borough Council £44,000 more than originally hoped.

The Lincolnshire BroadbandUK (BDUK) scheme has to date provided more than 6,000 properties in the borough with download speeds in excess of 24 Mbps - the Government’s definition of superfast broadband.

The county’s districts agreed to collectively put in £4 million towards the cost of the project, with the borough council’s maximum contribution being £344,310.

It was originally hoped that additional funding from the European Regional Development Fund would reduce the borough’s contribution.

However, at Wednesday’s cabinet meeting, members were asked to approve a revised contribution to the scheme of £344,310 - up from the hoped-for figure of £300,000 - as this funding had not been forthcoming.

Underspend from the authority’s capital budget 2014/15 would be used to make up the difference.

To this, members agreed.

It is estimated that the scheme will create up to 1,800 jobs, equating to about 150 in the borough.

The Lincolnshire BDUK project has eight stage and is currently nearing the end of stage five. Most borough locations were included in phases three and four, but there are about 4,600 properties in the area scheduled for upgrades by the end of stage six which ends in September 2015.