‘We complained about eyesore pole – now our entire street is paying the price’

Locals who objected againtst a telecomms pole have been left fuming after their street was left out of an internet upgrade.

People in Rogers Meadow in Marlborough, Wiltshire, were excluded from an ultrafast full-fibre broadband roll out in their town because they wanted to preserve the appearance of their street.

Due to public opposition to Openreach putting up a pole in their road, plans for Rogers Meadow have been shelved.

An objector, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Sun: “It’s nonsense because most people don’t want the pole and it’s only a small street so it would spoil the skyline.”

They added it was a “very big pole” and would have felt like “going back in time” with wires reaching “everywhere” and resembling “a chicken run”.

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The objector described the pole as an “ugly” things to raise, arguing the full-fibre broadband connection should go underground instead.

According to The Sun, a team of workers arrived with a pole on September 7, but residents rushed out to meet them and they eventually left.

Openreach has said that after discussing the issue with locals, their engineers will not be returning to Rogers Meadow, meaning residents in the street won’t be able to upgrade.

A spokesperson for Openreach said: “Our engineers and build partners are working hard to bring ultrafast, ultra-reliable, full fibre broadband to Marlborough.

“This will not only create huge benefits to families and businesses in the area but also a welcome boost to the local economy.”

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The spokesperson added that wherever possible the firm uses existing infrastructure such as poles and ducts while building full fibre.

They said: “We’re aware of the visual impact our equipment can have and the balance between cost effectiveness, aesthetics and safety can be difficult to achieve.

“In this case, a new pole was the only feasible way of delivering ultrafast full fibre, but following objections from residents we have removed this street from our build plan.”

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Full fibre technology is said to provide more reliable and resilient connectivity. It should result in fewer faults as well as more predictable, consistent speeds and enough capacity to meet growing data demands.

Openreach says it is also future-proof, meaning it will serve generations to come and won’t need to be upgraded for decades.

Fibre optics are strands of glass around one-tenth the thickness of a human hair, transmitting data using light signals.

Fibre is smaller, lighter and more durable than copper cabling and less “vulnerable” to damage, according to Openreach.

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