Broadband box 'makes Ilminster uglier'

A BROADBAND box is making Ilminster look uglier, it was claimed this week.

Peter Lansdown said the box, on the pavement in Ditton Street next to the corner shop, is one of a number of broadband boxes in the town, making it look a mess.

Contractors for BT are installing the boxes as part of a scheme to bring superfast broadband to rural communities across Somerset.

Mr Lansdown, 69, of Chaffcombe, said: “The pavement is wide and they [BT] have installed there a broadband box against the wall.

“There is a blind doorway there and they have put the box in front of the left hand pillar – central or well clear would both have been acceptable but not where it is.

“It is an irritant and there are other boxes in town which in themselves are unimportant but they each contribute to the diminution of the aesthetic quality of the town.”

The Government changed regulations in May so broadband providers do not require the consent of the Local Planning Authority to place a box.

Previously, they had to submit notification and get permission.

South Somerset District Council planning assistant Chloe Beviss, in an email to Mr Lansdown, said there were constraints in terms of broadband boxes’ proximity to existing boxes and that the council will ensure the box is painted black without any stickers or advertising.

Cllr David Norris, in another email to Mr Lansdown, said he agreed the cabinet could have been sited more sensitively but added: “It would be disingenuous of me to imply that SSDC can control where it is located.”

In an announcement last week, Ilminster was not one of the 31 towns and villages to be listed as receiving superfast broadband by March next year. 

A BT spokesman said: “This is a major investment in Ilminster, which will make a big contribution to the future success of the town.

“We have three cabinets in the vicinity of Ditton Way and all have been located as planned. All are on the public highway and the correct process has been followed.

“They do not present an obstruction in any way and we feel that our planners have done the best job possible to minimise any visual impact.”

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4:25am Sun 22 Dec 13

Tavistock Superfast Broadband says...

It makes me wonder how ugly Ilminster is if a couple of cabinets can make it uglier. BT Openreach are doing a great job so let them get on with it. Too many areas in Somerset and Devon have been waiting years for this to happen. I am still waiting and would have a cabinet in my front garden.
It makes me wonder how ugly Ilminster is if a couple of cabinets can make it uglier. BT Openreach are doing a great job so let them get on with it. Too many areas in Somerset and Devon have been waiting years for this to happen. I am still waiting and would have a cabinet in my front garden. Tavistock Superfast Broadband

10:10pm Sun 22 Dec 13

orchardman says...

Quite agree with above, and since the provision of the upgraded broadband will no doubt benefit many of the businesses in the centre of town, and the location of the box is in an area frequently knee deep in rubbish supposedly awaiting collection which is far more unsightly. I notice Mr Lansdown lives in Chaffcombe, so, assuming he's on the net he won't be complaining should deem his village uneconomic to upgrade!.
Quite agree with above, and since the provision of the upgraded broadband will no doubt benefit many of the businesses in the centre of town, and the location of the box is in an area frequently knee deep in rubbish supposedly awaiting collection which is far more unsightly. I notice Mr Lansdown lives in Chaffcombe, so, assuming he's on the net he won't be complaining should deem his village uneconomic to upgrade!. orchardman

7:43am Mon 23 Dec 13

QuillPen says...

Agree about the rubbish. It's there for days before the collection day. Maybe we should all contact the District Council and complain loudly.
Agree about the rubbish. It's there for days before the collection day. Maybe we should all contact the District Council and complain loudly. QuillPen

10:52am Mon 23 Dec 13

David Pincombe says...

The comments regarding the rubbish in the area are so valid. The first twenty metres of Ditton Street are the scruffiest areas in town, and have been for many years.

Do our councillors not notice it???
The comments regarding the rubbish in the area are so valid. The first twenty metres of Ditton Street are the scruffiest areas in town, and have been for many years. Do our councillors not notice it??? David Pincombe

7:58am Tue 24 Dec 13

QuillPen says...

Apparently not, Mr Pincombe. I have complained in the past, it gets sorted - for a few weeks, then is used as a dumping ground again. Are there no rules, regulations, bylaws about dumping rubbish?
If there are, it seems they are being ignored.

What sort of impression does it give visitors?
Come on councillors, deal with it.
Apparently not, Mr Pincombe. I have complained in the past, it gets sorted - for a few weeks, then is used as a dumping ground again. Are there no rules, regulations, bylaws about dumping rubbish? If there are, it seems they are being ignored. What sort of impression does it give visitors? Come on councillors, deal with it. QuillPen

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