Thanks very much, I've just checked Roadworks.org looking forward for the next 12 months and there's work due 6-12th Feb which is described as
HERSTMONCEUX - PCP5 - 285804 - BDUK - STREET CABINET& POWER INSTALLATION. Excavate to lay approx 4m...
According to BT wholesale availability checker I am connected to cabinet 5, the roadworks referred to above seem to be scheduled for the location where I believe my cabinet to be and since it says PCP5 I am hoping that it means that my cabinet will be upgraded on that date. The reference to BDUK which is missing from the other notification perhaps implies that my cabinet is subsidised whereas the main one in the centre of the village is not?
Anyway, it looks like I should be able to get FTTC in the first half of 2015 rather than the last half, better than I hoped! According to google maps my cabinet is approx 0.3 miles following the pretty direct road route to the cabinet, which seems to be the way the phone lines run. Hopefully that indicates that I should get a speed hopefully in excess of 30MB, I get approx 14MB on my current ADSL2+ connection.