Broadband bid 
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A parish council has formed a limited company as it begins to seek tenders for a scheme to provide residents with faster broadband.

Members of Tallington Parish Council have set up Tallicom Limited as they enter the second phase of a bid to win grant funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The bid comes in response to councillors’ predictions that their village will not be included in Lincolnshire County Council’s plan to bring superfast broadband to 90 per cent of homes and businesses.

The county council has partnered with BT to roll out the high-speed internet.

Tallington Parish Council chairman Coun Geoff Mayling said: “We anticipate we won’t be in the 90 per cent. We will still have broadband speeds of no more than 2Mbps and more likely 1.5Mbps, which is very slow.”

Councillors, through Tallicom, are now preparing to get quotations from internet service providers to supply superfast broadband to the village.

They have also sent out a survey to every resident which they hope will demonstrate the need for the upgrade to the Government.

Coun Mayling said: “If we are successful the company will receive the money, which could be up to £300 per property.

“From that we will pay the internet service provider to provide superfast broadband in Tallington.

“It is an early stage so we haven’t formulated our views on who we think we will get quotations from.”