BT have confirmed that a grant will be provided from central government to cover a major part of the costs because the school will benefit. However, this leaves a shortfall of £2,400 which the village has to find to enable fibre services to be extended to the next cabinet, which serves the rest of the village and several farms and hamlets to the north.
The benefit to a village such as Lapford will be immense. We are defined by the government as an area of significant deprivation, with all major facilities being over 20 miles away in Exeter or Barnstaple. There are a large number of self-employed people and small businesses in the village who need excellent Internet access, and the web is a lifeline for older and housebound people for both communicating with families and managing necessary shopping for food and household goods via delivery services.
An aerial shot of the village is attached - the exchange and the fibre connection are out of shot to the right, but you can clearly see how the main part of the village is very separated from the main road and the railway.