Our Parish Survey for Project Golden Thread


Following our successful attempts at coming #2 in Kent in the BT Race for Infinity Campaign (well done Brenchley for beating us!), we set up a new Project under the Parish Council called “Golden-Thread”.  The idea is to that we take more of an interest in the connections within the community than solely focus on the technology of broadband and try and understand how we can both help the community use the current technology better and get some of those who don’t use the internet very much to understand the benefits of using it more.

The first generation broadband that has been put into the Parish over the past 5 years has transformed the way we work and the way we communicate.  It is difficult to predict how the next generation of fibre-optic broadband will continue to change and enhance our lives.  Project “Golden-Thread’ ultimate objective is to explore new ways of connecting up the parish so we can become the “Best-Connected Parish in the Weald”.

As the largest Parish (in hectares) in Kent (as well as the South-East of England), we aim to lead the county in showing the way!  Project Golden Thread will connect the Parish, the three Schools, the Village Halls, the Community Spaces, the Businesses as well as the Households in a way that has never been possible in the past.

We are now conducting more detailed research on behalf of the Parish and Kent County Council to find out how the businesses and residents in the Parish of Goudhurst and Kilndown are connected to the internet; how they actually use broadband; as well as what they think about the quality.  If you live or work in the Parish of Goudhurst, Kilndown or Curtisden Green…..

The data collected for this survey will be managed in accordance with Data Protection Act and will only be used for purposes of:

a) informing the Parish and County Council of demand for better connectivity in the Parish.

b) informing decisions on where any community broadband schemes might fulfill any demand that is demonstrated from the survey.

The results will inform the award we have been given from Kent County Council for a grant of up to £100,000 for us to upgrade broadband service in the Parish between 2011 and 2013.  So please complete the questionnaire if you have not already done so.  It should take less than 10 minutes.

For further information, please complete the comments block at the bottom of the survey.

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