Newlyn residents' anger over BT mast being erected in front of St Michael's Mount view
HOUSEHOLDERS in a Newlyn street which enjoys spectacular views over the port to St Michael's Mount are up in arms over the sudden appearance of a BT telecommunications pole.
The 11-metre high pole in Kenstella Road appeared without any prior warning two weeks ago and, say residents, already represents an eyesore even before wires are attached.
"Everyone in the street was flabbergasted," says Zed Sinicki.
"There has been absolutely no consultation about this, or even anyone telling us what was about to happen.
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"Kenstella Road is a delightful cul-de-sac in a lovely part of the village.
"When this pole is rigged and wired it is certain to be a blot on our area. It will reduce the value of our property and reduce the beauty of our views."
Mr Sinicki also believes that the pole will potentially cause problems for wheelchair users.
"A lot of residents in the street are elderly and the new pole reduces the width of a fairly narrow pavement by six inches which could have an effect if you are in a wheelchair."
Since the appearance of the pole, residents have been told that they can make objections over the next three months but Mr Sinicki believes it is a "done deal".
More than a dozen housholders have written to BT's chief executive protesting against the siting of the pole.
A spokesman said BT had every right to put up the pole.
"BT has rights in law to erect telephone poles in the public highway in order that the phone and broadband needs of local communities can be met promptly and efficiently," he said.
"In this case, the pole has been installed to provide improved broadband services for local households."
He added: "In view of concerns raised by a local resident, our engineers revisited the site and are satisfied that the pole is in the best location. It meets all the necessary guidelines and should not create any problems for people using a wheelchair or a pushchair."