Cllr Peter McDonald has said:

“BT have installed telegraph poles in Ashmead Rise, Cofton Hackett against the wishes of local residents and without even carry out any consultation whatsoever.

Residents had a shock when the poles were being installed as they had no knowledge this was going to happen. The unwanted installation has impaired the visual amenity of some residents.

Unfortunately, the Government has now made it easier for companies like BT to no longer have to lay cables underground. This is clearly a step backward, for it may be quicker and easier to install the networks required for faster internet, but it is really all about cost and nothing else. It clearly is cheaper to install poles than lay cables underground and ignore its consequences.

BT is one of the wealthiest companies in Europe, who could well afford to lay cables underground and not blight local neighbourhoods. Unfortunately, they ignore the social consequences of their actions.

I have asked BT to remove the poles and respect the local neighbourhood.”