Works to remove ‘danger’ cabinet at Sidmouth junction finally completed

PUBLISHED: 06:55 08 March 2018

BT Openreach Broadband box at Manstone Mead junction poses hazard say concerned road users

BT Openreach Broadband box at Manstone Mead junction poses hazard say concerned road users

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Works to move a ‘danger’ cabinet at a Sidmouth junction have finally been completed – four months after they began.

County councillor Stuart Hughes had previously criticised Openreach for the amount of time it had taken to move the box, which sits near a corner in Manstone Mead and Sidford Road.

Last month, The Herald reported calls from Highways bosses for an Openreach box to be moved from the junction.

Cllr Hughes claimed that there didn’t appear to be any work being done to remove the cabinet.

At the time concerned residents branded the ‘obstructive’ box an ‘accident waiting to happen’ and said its position impaired visibility and posed a danger to road users.

Now cllr Hughes has confirmed that the box has been removed and is hoping this problem did not repeat itself.

He said: “I am really pleased to see the Openreach Infinity box go and have received several calls and messages from residents thanking me.

“What we need to ensure is that other installations such as this one don’t happen in other parts of the Sid Valley for whilst BT Openreach don’t require planning permission they do need to consult and my neighbourhood highways officer is well aware of this.”

Previously, Openreach had told The Herald it had ‘no plans’ to move the cabinet and maintained that it complied with regulations and Devon County Council had approved the location.

However, the company did say they would be open to discussing the matter with councillors.

After representation from cllr Hughes and Devon Highways’ chief, the company agreed to remove the equipment in June last year, as a gesture of good will.

Works began in October and at the time, a spokesman for Openreach said a new cabinet was being installed closer to the wall, a few metres away from the junction and that ‘considerable’ engineering work needed to be done before it could be moved.

Speaking last month, a spokesman for Openreach said: “Moving the cabinet is a big job which has taken longer than expected.”

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