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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

A petition calling for faster broadband in a Surrey village will be heard by the county council later this month.

Some 219 people have signed the document relating to the lack of connectivity in Mickleham and want the village to have the same access to fast and reliable internet as the rest of the UK, the Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser reports.

Local resident Mary Flint, who launched the petition, has revealed that the village missed out on the rollout of super-fast broadband in Surrey due to being located too far away from the nearest data cabinet.

"Mickleham will be stuck with speeds of up to 4Mbps and in many cases less than 1Mbps," she stated in the document.

"It is an unacceptable situation for a village that is halfway between Dorking and Leatherhead and within a 45-minute commute of London to be left out from this essential service," Ms Flint added.

She told the newspaper that local school children and people who work from home are among those missing out most as a result of the lack of connectivity.

Ms Flint revealed the village is actually divided, with half of the residents able to receive super-fast services, while the remainder are left in the slow lane. The petition is due to be heard at Surrey County Hall on May 13th.

Last month, a study revealed people who live in a Labour constituency are more likely to have access to fast broadband than those in parts of the country controlled by other parties. Mickleham is located in the Conservative-held Mole Valley constituency.

The relationship between political control and broadband speeds is likely due to the fact much of Labour's support comes from urban areas, while the Conservatives tend to be more popular in rural locations.