Dangerous pole removed by BT

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A telegraph pole sitting on a notorious bend in Bulmer Tye has been removed after pressure from villagers and the Free Press.

The pole in Hedingham Road, near The Bulmer Tile and Brick Company, had been snapped four times in five years as drivers failed to negotiate the dangerous corner, crashing into it.

Tony Minter, a director at the company, along with Bulmer parish councillors, had repeatedly requested that the pole be moved across the road to a safer position before someone was killed – only to be told they had to find £3,000 to fund any relocation.

After the Free Press published an article after another crash last week, not only did BT pledge to look into the accident black spot, but contractors arrived on Monday to replace the pole – positioning a new one on the other side of the road.

Residents recognise drivers are still likely to crash on the bend, but will face a soft landing through a hedge into a field.

Peter Fulcher, vice-chairman of Bulmer Parish Council, who lives in Hedingham Road, said: “The publicity of the article appears to have had three effects.

“To get the repair done in half the normal time, to make BT consider the safety issue and relocate the pole to a safer location.”

Karen Sheldon, who works for Bulmer Brick and Tile, said it was amazing how quickly everything had come about.