Householder angry as BT installs five feet tall box outside his home
A HOMEOWNER has told of his shock at returning from work to find a five feet tall broadband box being installed right outside his house.
When Anthony Podmore saw the workmen at his home, he was told they were installing a box for BT to speed up internet use.
But the 29-year-old, of Shelton New Road, is incensed that he wasn’t told about the ‘eyesore’ box being positioned just metres from his front door.
The property developer from Hartshill fears it could devalue his property, and is demanding to know why it was built without his knowledge.
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He said: “I don’t care if it gives me the fastest broadband in the world, they haven’t consulted me about it.
“I don’t agree with where they have put it and, if they had bothered to ask, I would tell them there are plenty of better places that don’t infringe on my property.”
The box will speed up wireless internet connection for residents across neighbouring Newcastle.
But Anthony believes it is an eyesore, and has tried to get the city council to take up the fight on his behalf.
He said: “I returned to the house one day and they were already digging it up right in front of my gate.
“It is a large green box and doesn’t blend in with the background at all.”
Now Anthony, who has lived in the property for six years, believes it will increase anti-social behaviour near the house.
He said: “We have a smaller box up the side street and it already attracts gangs of kids that come and sit on it and hang around.”
According to Stoke City Council, the local authority has no involvement with installations of this type as BT does not need planning permission.
Anthony said: “What gives them the right to just build in front of people’s houses with no input from the owner?
“If this had already been in place before I moved in, I would never have bought the house.”
A spokesman for BT said: “I can confirm this street-side cabinet is required as part of BT’s plans to bring faster fibre-based broadband to Newcastle, as part of the company’s £2.5 billion roll out of the new technology to two-thirds of the UK.
“The correct planning processes were followed in this case and no concerns were raised by the city council.”
The spokesman added: “A variety of considerations are taken into account before a cabinet is installed.
“Other locations were considered, but this was found to be the only suitable location.”