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BT Moves UK Superfast Broadband Cabinet to Satisfy Midhurst Resident

Friday, August 24th, 2012 (11:22 am) - Score 1,394
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A resident of Midhurst in West Sussex (England) has won a battle to have the location of BT’s new superfast broadband (FTTC) cabinet moved from Chichester Road after complaining that it was directly outside their window and obstructed pavement access for wheelchair users.

BT’s new FTTC cabinets are notorious for being big, green and somewhat ugly, which has caused no end of annoyance to communities and individuals in various locations around the country. For example, last month saw 60 residents in the Derbyshire UK town of Ripley complain that an identical cabinet was at risk of causing a fatal car crash (here).

According to the Midhurst Observer, Midhurst Town Council supported the residents complaint by posting a formal objection to BTOpenreach’s chosen location. Thankfully BT was able to find a new home for it.

BTOpenreachs Spokesperson said:

We have been looking into this and although the previous location was deemed acceptable, as a goodwill gesture we carried out further investigations into seeing whether the cabinet could be placed adjacent to the existing cabinet already at the site.

We will be submitting plans to the council planning department this week. This alternative position is reliant on the planning permission and the availability of a power supply.”

As we always say, the benefits of having access to superfast broadband and indeed being close to the cabinet itself (i.e. you get the best speeds) generally tend to out-way the more cosmetic and or practical obstructions that are sometimes created.

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4 Responses
  1. Avatar Kyle

    I do hope that these moaners won’t be making use of the service. I also find it ironic that planning permission is required when the Council have supported the move by BT; isn’t it enough that the thousands this will cost justify the need to get it done without further delay?

    This kind of news really gets on my nerves, with people who have nothing better to do.

  2. Avatar mikeg

    Happy to have the fttc cab here if they don’t want it 🙂

  3. Avatar notme

    The UK is famous for its culture of “petty” disputes, this just confirms what other nations think of us is true.

  4. Avatar Deduction

    Rightful complaint from what i can see…
    Whack Chichester Rd, Midhurst, West Sussex into google maps and most of it only has a pavement on one side of the road which also for the majority of that road is very narrow. Placing a cabinet on it would indeed hinder wheelchair access and make them take to what looks for the most part like a busy country road with fast moving traffic. Ironically if you look careful enough there is someone on a mobility scooter at one point in googles map images and the pavement is just about wide enough (wouldnt be for that or a wheelchair with a cabinet on it though).

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