BT investigates alternative location for Midhurst fibre optic cabinet

BT is seeking permission to move a planned fibre broadband in Midhurst to an alternative location after receiving a complaint the website has revealed.

BT is amending plans to place a new fibre optic broadband cabinet in Midhurst, based on concerns raised by a local resident.

The internet service provider (ISP) is seeking permission to relocate the planned cabinet on Chichester Road, which is being installed as part of a project to bring superfast connectivity to the entire region, reports the Midhurst and Petworth Observer.

However, Midhurst Town Council has objected to the location of the cabinet in question after a resident complained it would be directly in front of his front windows and that its large size would make the pavement inaccessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

A BT Openreach spokesperson said that as a goodwill gesture, the company will now seek to place the cabinet adjacent to the existing unit already at the site.

The company representative added: “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.”

Earlier this week, ISP Entanet called on BT to make the cost of wholesale bandwidth more affordable in order to aid wider efforts to improve the UK’s superfast infrastructure.

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