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13-01-2009, 17:52   #1
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I bought a house 2 years ago, complete with a telegraph pole partially blocking my drive. I don't understand why the daft owners at the time acccepted this, but it's there and I need to get rid so I can get the car on the drive.

BT want 300 for someone to just come and have a look, and say typical costs for moving it range from 2k -30k (WTF!). Needless to say, I am not paying for their error.

So, anyone out there any ideas (other than chopping the damn thing down), or better still, are there any BT employees who know the best way to resolve this (happy to pay sneaky back-hander if it helps!)? Would be grateful for any help.

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13-01-2009, 17:56   #2
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Well if its on your land, then BT should be paying you for the usage of your land, other than that, you bought the house "as is" so knew that the pole was there!!
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13-01-2009, 17:58   #3
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Have you seen how deep those things go? The equipment needed to plant them is pretty specialised and expensive. And they have to be placed where they'll not interfere with any other services. I'm surprised if it'll be as low as 2k to move one.
Does it completely obstruct access to your property?
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13-01-2009, 18:14   #4
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It is actually just on the footpath, so not actually on my land, but it does prevent me using my land for it's designed purpose, i.e. getting a car on it. Could get small car on, just, but not a normal mid-size car.

Granted, I did know it was there when I bought the house, I just never imagined that BT would put up a fight over something that is a blatent error on their part.
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13-01-2009, 18:19   #5
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They may well argue it doesn't stop a car getting past (difficult for anyone here to comment without seeing it). And you're certain the post was put up *after* the land was converted to a drive?
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14-01-2009, 16:19   #6
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couldnt you move the access to one side (ie drop the kerb so you gain extra width ) just a thought hope this helps
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14-01-2009, 20:47   #7
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I'd be curious to know which came first the pole or the drive. I know BT can be a total pain but don't think they'd of dared plant something that obstructs a driveway. By driveway I'm meaning a proper dropped kerb with clear vehicle access on to your land
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01-04-2011, 14:59   #8
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Realise this post (not funny!) is old, but just saw it. Hope it's gone by now, but if not you can reply & I'll give you some advice on how to approach BT and not pay from an ex-employee who has got posts moved for customers f.o.c.
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01-04-2011, 16:07   #9
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Can I just specify that I'll advise how to proceed on the basis of what I know about the company and their attitude to moving poles? Nothing more. Just from someone who used to help some very frustrated customers.
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01-04-2011, 18:02   #10
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Realise this post (not funny!) is old, but just saw it. Hope it's gone by now, but if not you can reply & I'll give you some advice on how to approach BT and not pay from an ex-employee who has got posts moved for customers f.o.c.
Looks like he has not been on forum since posting this thread, checked his profile page and it says last activity was december 2009, would of been interesting to find out if he got it moved or not though, just being nosey,lol
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02-04-2011, 08:54   #11
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I kind of have the same problem and it restricts access for my vehicles but still is usable and at that kind of money it will have to stay put.
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02-04-2011, 09:16   #12
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Don't be convinced that you have to bear any cost as you are not requesting a move to allow you to develop or build for commercial gain. If it's restricting your access & is on your property, you have every right to ask for a survey for it to be moved. If it's on local authority land outside you can contact them and advise that it is obstructing access. In both cases you may want to consider if it causes a hazard in the dark for example.
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02-04-2011, 18:59   #13
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I bet the pole was there well before the drive. Remember years ago people did'nt have
cars, and a pole could have been on the same spot for 50 years or more. It.s a major
job to move a pole, hence the cost.
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02-04-2011, 19:14   #14
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Get the local joy riders to up root it
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03-05-2011, 13:42   #15
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Ive got a similar problem.

Telegraph pole is not on my land but at the back right of my fence on my neighbours land. There is a steel cable that runs from the top of the pole into my garden about 2ft in.

Would it be common sense for BT to remove this cable or even move it closer to the fence for no fee?
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03-05-2011, 13:50   #16
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Ive got a similar problem.

Telegraph pole is not on my land but at the back right of my fence on my neighbours land. There is a steel cable that runs from the top of the pole into my garden about 2ft in.

Would it be common sense for BT to remove this cable or even move it closer to the fence for no fee?
phone em up and tell them you are charging them ground rent for the last 6 years for the cable trespassing onto your land
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03-05-2011, 14:04   #17
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Not really interested in the money, unless you imply to use it as a threat to make them move it.

And who do i actually phone, BT? Openreach?
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05-05-2011, 18:31   #18
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Realise this post (not funny!) is old, but just saw it. Hope it's gone by now, but if not you can reply & I'll give you some advice on how to approach BT and not pay from an ex-employee who has got posts moved for customers f.o.c.
Hi Gaucin

I have similar, though slightly different problem & would be very grateful for your advice. My profile should be set to receive email from fellow board members.

I live on a very busy, quite narrow trunk road. I have a pole on the pavement immediately to the right side of my drive end. This completely masks oncoming cars & motor bikes when they are behind it.

It was replaced with a new pole a few years back & had an objections notice attached. Unfortunately I was oversees for an extended period at the time otherwise I would have kicked up a fuss immediately.

I have since written to Open Reach requesting a site survey, but they, at the last count, wanted 200 + VAT just to come & look.
I replied stating that if their view obstruction causes an accident by me missing seeing a vehicle/bike, that I would hold them jointly liable.

No further response.

Any suggestions?
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06-05-2011, 00:23   #19
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Ring BT and kick up a fuss and if they dont remove it damage the tree so they will have to remove it
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08-05-2011, 17:31   #20
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Hi i am Irondukes wife. We had this problem about 9 yrs ago. Ring Bt and tell them that it is blocking the access to your home. Everything has to be completed before you put the call into them including the drop kerb. They will then come out and move it for nothing.
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