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Yet more Parc Derwen internet woes

After the utter fiasco surrounding cabinet 79 and its initial inability to service enough homes with a fibre broadband connection, Openreach have struck once again with the newly activated cabinet 80.

The cabinet started accepting orders around Christmas time, however this was only for a select amount of streets. Those with postcodes serviced by cabinet 80 were not guaranteed to be able to sign up with their preferred provider. In this case it was apparent that some streets were falsely reported to be in an area where ‘the line is too long to provide fibre’ yet the address was only about 50 metres away from the cabinet.

This was then replaced by ‘Your area is enabled for Superfast Fibre but demand is high on your cabinet right now’. This is a result of Openreach installing a cabinet that cannot satisfy enough demand.  For the second time.

Openreach did promise that history would not repeat itself but of course… a lot of Parc Derwen residents are used to broken promises, so are not surprised.

Also to add to this, there seems to be no insight on cabinet 162 and there have also been reports of poor FTTP performance.

Are Openreach going to be proactive in sorting this mess out?


Interested in opening a business on Parc Derwen?

If you are interested in taking on one of the 7 (or so) promised retail units that Persimmon are building then please get in touch with us, the Parc Derwen Community Association.

We will then forward your enquiry on to the relevant people and pursue/gather information on your behalf.

Also, limited information is available here from the surveyors.

Feel free to use the contact us form or leave a message in the comments section below this post.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not have any information regarding pricing or availability. We are simply gathering demand and putting it to Persimmon to encourage them to start building the units and make them available.

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I’m sure that most homeowners on Parc Derwen were sold the dream when sat in the sales office for the first time. How modern and family friendly the estate would be, with wide open spaces and cutting edge facilities that justify the pricing.

Yet we are now about to say farewell to 2017 and what have Persimmon really done on site apart from build houses?

Built a play park

Yes. We have one play park for the kids. A park that original residents had to wait around 4 years for.

More have been promised with Section 106 cash, apparently ready to be built yet there seems to be a stumbling block with Bridgend County Borough Council not wanting to adopt what Persimmon build. While both organisations continue to argue (over £££, let’s face facts) the residents of Parc Derwen suffer.

It’s time for both Persimmon and BCBC to stop discussing and start DELIVERING. I know that there are quite a few well paid roles in both organisations that need justifying but come on.

Shop till you dro….ah never mind

We have recently had feedback from Persimmon about the promised retail units. According to them they will only start building them when there is demand. So have they been advertising these units? Has anyone seen or heard of Persimmon mentioning these units? How big are they? How much will they cost?

I’m not an expert but I’m pretty sure that to stimulate demand for something it must be offered in the first place.

The Future looks promising

Now that we have an adept Councillor representing us, things will improve that is for sure. There has been more dialogue with Persimmon than ever before since the May elections. However I do feel it is important everyone that has cause for concern over the lack of facilities to also voice those concerns. Otherwise they will just turn a blind eye to it, just like your snagging list.

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Register interest for Fibre Internet in Parc Derwen

Here you can register your interest in getting fibre services installed at your property in Parc Derwen.

Cllr Amanda Williams has kindly offered to then use the list as a tool to get things moving faster!

If you are unsure what cabinet you may be connected to, you can use the postcode checker at the following link: POSTCODE CHECK

For those interested in services on Cabinet 80, CLICK HERE

For those interested in services on Cabinet 162, CLICK HERE

For those interested in services on Cabinet 79, CLICK HERE