David Greening, Head of Housing, Cambridge City Council

“I want to thank you for your valuable contributions to our objective to improve access to super-fast broadband to our 8000 tenants and leaseholders. I know I and colleagues have valued your advice in an area of work that we have little experience in. Your knowledge of the market, the practicalities around installation and the providers themselves has enabled us to move the project forward much more quickly and smoothly than would otherwise be the case. I hope that you will still be around to support us through this programme until completion.”

Sarah Widdows, Street Works and Permitting Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council

“Cambridgeshire’s EDD and Streetworks Teams have collaboratively worked together to help the DCMS develop their “Toolkit” to develop best practices for future rollouts using innovative techniques and remove some onerous barriers that can impede expeditious delivery of nationally significant infrastructure to the overall benefit of UK PLC.

It has been refreshing that a strategy focussed team is willing to work with an operational team in advance of any commitments and promises that may be physically difficult to deliver or put the Council’s reputation at risk or be financially burdensome.  We look forward to working closely together in the future to ensure the investment in Digital Delivery is cost effective and provides the best service for the residents and businesses in Cambridgeshire supporting its growth and economy.”

Patrick Haynes, City Development Manager, CityFibre

“Your proactive engagement with CityFibre – supporting introductions, setting up and positioning effective meetings – to the Cambridgeshire Streetworks team and also the University of Cambridge Granta Network, has contributed immensely to the mobilisation of our £25M FTTH project in Cambridge.

To establish an early good working relationship with Streetworks is mutually beneficial, engenders valuable trust and communication for when the project brings challenges.

For CityFibre to have access to the Granta network reduces disruption to the City of Cambridge, decreases costs, speeds delivery and provides the University with a commercial return on investment.

Both the above are examples of where your stimulus to adopt the workings of the DCMS Streetworks Barrier Busting toolkit are proving beneficial.”

John Taylor, Assistant Director (Transformation), Huntingdonshire District Council:

“Working with partners in the EDD team really matters to us. Having a digital strategy for Huntingdonshire is vital and EDD’s ability to deliver connectivity and facilitate contact with network providers is a key element of our work. It’s a pleasure to work with them.”