Homeowners Express Fury as Telegraph Poles Spoil Scenic Views, Block Windows in Residential Areas

Homeowners Express Fury as Telegraph Poles Spoil Scenic Views, Block Windows in Residential Areas

Resident’s Discontent Over Telegraph Poles

A retired Sheffield homeowner, John Schofield, 67, has expressed his frustration after two unsightly telegraph poles were installed outside his residence in a picturesque cul-de-sac.

He described them as an eyesore that distracts from the scenic beauty, especially visible from his living room windows.

Complaints and Disregarded Objections

Mr. Schofield reported his persistent complaints before the poles’ installation after noticing objection notices regarding the masts. Despite his efforts to communicate with BT’s Pole Objection Team, no response was received. The homeowner claimed that despite objections from residents and even involvement from their MP, the poles were still installed in November 2022.

Visual Impact and Negative Effects

The installed telegraph poles have not only disrupted the view but also affected the overall ambiance of the quiet cul-de-sac. Mr. Schofield highlighted the inappropriate placement of the poles, considering the area’s aesthetics.

Company’s Response and Public Perception

Openreach, the company responsible for the installations, stated their attempts to use existing poles for broadband upgrades whenever possible.

They acknowledged the visual impact of new poles but emphasized adhering to planning regulations and considering costs and safety implications.

Further Homeowner Complaints

Other homeowners have similarly expressed discontent, citing the visible impact of telegraph poles outside their properties.

An anonymous homeowner from Lancashire described how the pole affected the view from every front window of their house, disrupting their visual space and attracting birds.

Continued Frustration and Impact

The displeased homeowners underscored their dissatisfaction with the poles’ sudden appearance and the subsequent impact on their surroundings.

They criticized the lack of notification or consultation and lamented the unsightly presence of the poles in otherwise scenic locations.

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