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Newlyn residents' anger over BT mast being erected in front of St Michael's Mount view

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 10, 2013

The new 11-metre pole which has appeared  in the middle of the spectacular view over Mount's Bay from Mr Sinicki's property.

The new 11-metre pole which has appeared in the middle of the spectacular view over Mount's Bay from Mr Sinicki's property.

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HOUSEHOLDERS in a Newlyn street which enjoys spectacular views over the port to St Michael's Mount are up in arms over the sudden appearance of a BT telecommunications pole.

The 11-metre high pole in Kenstella Road appeared without any prior warning two weeks ago and, say residents, already represents an eyesore even before wires are attached.

"Everyone in the street was flabbergasted," says Zed Sinicki.

"There has been absolutely no consultation about this, or even anyone telling us what was about to happen.

"Kenstella Road is a delightful cul-de-sac in a lovely part of the village.

"When this pole is rigged and wired it is certain to be a blot on our area. It will reduce the value of our property and reduce the beauty of our views."

Mr Sinicki also believes that the pole will potentially cause problems for wheelchair users.

"A lot of residents in the street are elderly and the new pole reduces the width of a fairly narrow pavement by six inches which could have an effect if you are in a wheelchair."

Since the appearance of the pole, residents have been told that they can make objections over the next three months but Mr Sinicki believes it is a "done deal".

More than a dozen housholders have written to BT's chief executive protesting against the siting of the pole.

A spokesman said BT had every right to put up the pole.

"BT has rights in law to erect telephone poles in the public highway in order that the phone and broadband needs of local communities can be met promptly and efficiently," he said.

"In this case, the pole has been installed to provide improved broadband services for local households."

He added: "In view of concerns raised by a local resident, our engineers revisited the site and are satisfied that the pole is in the best location. It meets all the necessary guidelines and should not create any problems for people using a wheelchair or a pushchair."

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  • NewlynIsNuts  |  December 12 2013, 10:17PM

    1newlyn - Openreach have Code Powers to install equipment on the public highway - see here: http://tinyurl.com/nh2jrws Planning permission is not required in most cases unless the area is a Conservation area. The idea that the prospect of super high speed broadband bringing property prices down is nuts. I know people who would pay good money to get a house with high speed broadband. NIMBYs plain and simple. If you don't want it, give it to me!

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  • Truro_England  |  December 10 2013, 4:24PM

    I hope these yoghurt knitters, never complain when they have no mobile signal.... It looks just like a standard telegraph pole at the same height, small minded people have nothing better to do and its hardly a spectacular view.

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  • josdave  |  December 10 2013, 3:09PM

    I agree Persia no shortage of people who just love complaining.

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  • 1newlyn  |  December 10 2013, 2:45PM

    I believe that BT install and then apply for planning retrospectively, so get your complaints in . There should also be a planning notice attached to the pole advising of this. They have been doing this for many years in London etc and getting away with it. If I am incorrect then I am sure some kind person shall provide the correct information. Best of luck .

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  • Persia  |  December 10 2013, 10:33AM

    The only story here is that some people just love to complain. Most people would be grateful to have this outlook, pole and all. This is a wireless broadband hub, so no wires required as Mr. Zed Sinicki fears. If the photo is anything to go by, the pavement is not restricted either, so please tell Mr. Sinicki and his neighbours to relax, count their blessings and enjoy the improved broadband service.

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