Connecting Shropshire

Marches & Gloucestershire viable clusters broadband project – public consultation

Marches & Gloucestershire Viable Clusters Broadband Project

The Viable Clusters element of Stage 4 of the Fastershire Broadband Strategy will be delivered in partnership with Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin using funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

The Open Market Review for the Clusters closed on November 3rd 2017.

Following a series of representations, the intended intervention area has been refined from 15,269 to 13,664 premises with one Cluster (S11 Church Stretton) being completely removed from the project.  This refined Intended Intervention Area has been formatted into an excel based response template.

The Public Consultation was published on the ‘Supplying the Southwest Portal’ on December 1st 2017 and will close at Noon on January 3rd 2017.

To view the documentation related to this consultation you will need to register on the portal

If you are already registered with the Supplying the Southwest portal you may need to update your preferred areas of operation to include Herefordshire Council. Log into your account, click on My Opportunities/Update Company Profile/ User Accounts (click on your account name)/Opportunity Areas (click on Change Opportunity Areas).  Either select via “Area:”; “All South West” or “By Council” and check the tick box to add Herefordshire to your selection and “Save”.

An Open OJEU procurement process will follow in early 2018 to identify a supplier or suppliers to deliver the project as a whole or in part.

Further information

If you have any questions about the Project, please contact Matt Smith at Fastershire via email:

Industry Day

The partners hosted an Industry Day for potential bidders to explain the project, introduce the selected clusters and discuss the procurement process on Friday 10 November.