Concerns have been raised about BT cabinets over 5 feet tall which have appeared in front of a number of houses in the Birkdale area.
One local resident affected is Mrs Karen Nightingall of
Upper Aughton Road who now has a 1.6 metre high BT cabinet on the pavement outside her house.
“I think it is totally unacceptable that BT Openreach are allowed to put this monstrosity in front of our house without our agreement. It displays a total disregard for our home,” says Mrs Nightingall.
I am calling for new safeguards before even more cabinets are installed throughout
Southport and Formby.
Around 20 of these DSLAM cabinets have appeared in recent months all around the Birkdale telephone exchange area
The problem is that under the present law BT Openreach do not need to carry out any consultation with residents affected or with the local Planning Department. This seems totally wrong and I have asked our MP, John Pugh to help press for a change in the rules.
My fellow Birkdale Ward councillor Simon Shaw has also voiced his concerns.
“Although most of these cabinets have been sited reasonably well, we know of at least three cases out of the twenty where residents have got serious concerns,” said Cllr Shaw.
“It seems that there could be something like another 100 of these cabinets appearing all over the
Southport and Formby area over the next couple of years.”
“One of my complaints is that BT Openreach claim that they notify the Chief Executive’s Office in the local council before starting work in an area. From enquiries I’ve made that does not seem to have happened here.”