I did not say they should.
I only explained why very little is happening in the area, and why none of the currently available methods (waiting for OR or Virgin to invest, community projects, public money) seem to work there. This area needs a different approach - or a decision to just leave it as it is and forget the whole thing. Some people will complain but people always complain about something and it is easy to ignore.
For example gap funding from residents. The current model does not work as money needs to be committed now and when the project is complete, quite a many either do not live there anymore or at least hope to live elsewhere. It is different in rural areas where people hope to live in the same place for generations to come. It is also easier in large developments where a community naturally exists, and a majority decision can generate the gap funding collected in service charges. For townhouses occupied by tenants this just does not work.
If there was a way of removing the lead time through a fund that would pay the investment, and those taking up a faster service when it is available would need to pay a £200 one off initial installation cost per property to help this fund eventually recover the money, more people would chip in as they would get a faster connection in days instead of months or years. A tenant would be much happier to pay this than for a future upgrade. This of course is not doable for many reasons, it is just an example where an obstacle of an existing model would be mitigated.
There is also something seriously wrong with the pricing model set by Ofcom. How I understand it, Openreach will get exactly the same amount of money for my 2Mbps capable EO line and a rearranged FTTC line. There will never be a business case to invest. Instead, they should be allowed (or forced) to price lines based on what the line is capable of. The current price would probably be the FTTC baseline as it covers the vast majority of their lines. If a long, aluminium EO line capable of very little would net them only 5% of a FTTC capable line, they would have a motivation to invest into these areas suddenly generating a loss to return them to black.
Council seems to be at least attempting something. I understand they would be interested in tapping into government FTTP money if there is any, and USO money if that ever becomes available. I hope we at least will soon have an understanding what sort of money are we talking about, and are there other obstacles.