Superfast broadband for Midhurst looks to be on its way

PLANS to place a cabinet in Midhurst’s Chichester Road as part of the scheme to bring super fast fibre optic broadband to the town, have met with opposition.

Clerk to Midhurst Town Council Joan Hursthouse told a meeting she had been contacted by a concerned resident who had issues about the siting of the cabinet in his road.

She said the resident had placed a cot mattress, which was the same height as the cabinet dimensions on the proposed site and taken photographs of it.

He would be bringing these to the town council’s planning meeting to illustrate his concerns.

At their meeting last week members of the planning committee raised no objections to other plans for the installation of the dark green cabinets in other parts of the town.

They looked at plans for the siting of fibre optic broadband units on the pavement outside 23 Elmleigh, on the verge to the north east of 73 Oakwood Close, on the verge at the junction of Heatherwood and Petersfield Road and on another verge in the town to the south west of 97-102 Taylors Field, New Road.

The superfast broadband is being installed in the street cabinets by BT who had hoped to complete the work by the end of June. West Sussex County Council has a £6.26m government grant to help meet a target of superfast broadband across 90 per cent of the county.