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A three foot high green metal telephone cable box placed on pavement adjoining my property front wall. This is so close to front wall that I would not have access to that bit of my wall if I wanted to repoint in future and was placed without my permission.

Reported in the Pavements category anonymously at 07:37, Tue 16 April 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 3 minutes later

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I cannot access my front wall behind the metal box and it is an obstruction.

Council ref: ENQ19831517

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 07:40, Tue 16 April 2019

  • Please see planning application that includes details regarding the installation of this unit. I am not sure if this helps you know but thought it was worth sharing with you.

    Planning app no. P19/S0282/T28

    Or link ccm/ support/ Main.jsp?MODULE=ApplicationDetails&REF=P19/ S0282/ T28#exactline

    Regards, A local resident

    Posted anonymously at 12:48, Tue 16 April 2019

  • No solution to this yet. Ugly box in front of my front wall. Also have they considered it as a hazard?

    Posted anonymously at 12:33, Tue 14 May 2019
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Permission was granted by the council for this, they can’t really refuse to grant permission; under the terms of the General Permitted Development Order 2015 statutory undertakers such as utility companies have a right to install these on public land. I would recommend that you take up your concerns with Openreach. I doubt that the council can do anything about it, it isn’t their cabinet.

    Regards Thame Resident

    Posted anonymously at 17:58, Tue 14 May 2019

  • Openreach do not contact residents before installing their boxes and it is a lame excuse to state they have permission to install on public land. Does the installation permission enshrine liability on the part of Openreach and/or the council if the above wall deteriorates and cannot be pointed because of the closeness of the Openreach cabinet to the wall?

    Posted anonymously at 13:39, Tue 11 June 2019
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Openreach installing equipment has nothing to do with the council other than it is installed on the pavement. Openreach decide where they locate the cabinets, you need to speak to Openreach. The council don't control the location of the cabinets. I doubt that the council can help at all. Openreach contact us website page - orpg/ home/ contactus/

    Posted anonymously at 14:20, Tue 11 June 2019

  • The council doesn't control the location of the cabinets. The General Permitted Development Order 2015 ensures that it is down to the utility company and not the council. The council will not be able to help.

    Posted anonymously at 14:23, Tue 11 June 2019

  • We believe this issue was addressed but due to a technical error it hasn't been updated on FixMyStreet. We now consider it fixed, but if the issue still exists please let us know by creating a new report on FixMyStreet:

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 11:28, Tuesday 3 August 2021

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