Residents battle over pole position

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Neighbours on an Acton estate have written to their MP about telegraph poles which have suddenly appeared outside their homes.

Valerie Wilkins, of Gotsfield Close, found a 25-foot pole had been put up outside her home by BT without her knowledge.

She said: “I just came home one day and found it there. Six of us on the estate have written to the council, the county council, BT and our MP to complain. It’s just not right.”

Mrs Wilkins said two poles had been put up on the estate to supply new bungalows which are being built on land next to Gotsfield Close.

She said gas, water and electricity are all supplied to the estate by pipes and cabling, which were buried underground when the estate was built in the 1960s.

“We don’t want these pole are here,” she added.

Neighbour Jean Rutherford said one pole is 20 feet away from her bedroom window. “We have written to complain about them,” she said.

And Bob Hodgson, owner of Bob’s Village Store in Acton, said one of the poles had been accidentally put up on his land.

He said: “I’ve been told BT are in the process of putting it on the other side of the road.

“It does seem silly to have these poles when all the other services are buried.”

A spokesman for BT said: “We have placed these poles to provide service to new properties in the area. When surveying a job such as this, we consider many factors before deciding the best route to serve a property.

“The poles are legally placed and there are no environmental issues in this area. We do post notices on new poles for people to raise objections, and these will be considered.”