Communities urged to make ‘ultrafast’ pledge

People in Melton, Charnwood and Harborough can sign up for vouchers

Councillor Pam Posnett celebrates the GigaHub roll out

Communities across Melton, Charnwood and Harborough are being urged to pledge support for ultrafast broadband to boost connections to their homes and businesses.  

Leicestershire County Council is encouraging people from around 25 villages to sign up for free vouchers to help fund the build being led by Openreach, as part of a Government scheme.  

If enough people sign up, the villages will join more than 40,000 homes and businesses across Leicestershire who already have full fibre broadband.   


Full fibre technology provides more reliable, resilient, and future-proof connectivity. This means fewer faults, more consistent speeds and enough capacity to easily meet growing data demands.   

“It's also future proof, which means it will serve generations to come and won’t need to be upgraded for decades. 

“Rolling out the fast speeds is a priority. And shortly, we’re launching GigaHubs across the county, helping families, businesses and people working from home access lightning fast connections.”

Councillor Pam Posnett, cabinet member for communities

Wendy Sycamore, Openreach’s regional engagement manager, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for around 5,000 homes and businesses in villages around the Melton, Charnwood and Harborough areas of Leicestershire to secure all the benefits of ultrafast, ultra-reliable full fibre broadband for their community.   

“Everyone who pledges a voucher will be doing their bit to help make these Leicestershire communities some of the best-connected places in the UK.”  

Once the pledge target for the scheme is reached, residents need to ensure they then validate their vouchers with the Government so that Openreach can confirm that building work can get underway. As part of the funding conditions residents are asked to commit to ordering a full fibre service from a provider of their choice for at least 12 months once the new network is available and confirm they are connected.  

The eligible communities are: 


Knipton, Croxton Kerrial, Harston

East Langton

Foxton, East Langton, Church Langton, Thorpe Langton, Tur Langton, Glooston, Cranoe


Rearsby, Ratcliffe on the Wreake, Thrussington




Scalford, Wycomb, Holwell


Somerby, Knossington, Burrough on the Hill, Pickwell


Waltham on the Wolds, Goadby Marwood, Stonesby


Wymondham, Stapleford, Edmondthorpe, Saxby

Apply for a voucher

For more information on the Fibre Community partnership and to check your eligibility

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