Cable box set to be moved over security worries

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A RESIDENT has won his fight to have a cable box moved from outside his house.

Terry Henderson complained to BT Open Reach when its plans to put the box in Lombard Street, Old Portsmouth, came to light.

As previously reported in The News, Mr Henderson met representatives from Portsmouth City Council, BT Open Reach and contractor Harlequin Group, to find a new location for the box.

He had fears that the black box would give people the chance to get into his garden as it was up against his wall.

But after complaints from him, the police and street contractors Colas, an alternative site has been found and the box will be moved later this week.

Mr Henderson said: ‘I’m overjoyed that the decision has been made to move the box across the street.

‘It was made clear to them that it wasn’t safe when the police got involved.

‘I’m happy that we could all meet and discuss a new location which would be more appropriate.

‘The new location is much better and makes more sense.

‘Common sense has definitely prevailed.’

The cable box, which will give residents in the area faster broadband, will be installed in Pembroke Road.

It was the spot suggested by Colas, the police and Mr Henderson.

He added: ‘They have taken our ideas on board and I am very appreciative.

‘I can feel safer in my house now and my neighbours will be happy too because if someone got into my garden, then they could most certainly get into theirs.’

The original location was chosen after a survey by the Harlequin Group found it to be the best location on a number of issues.

But after further surveys, they have deemed the new spot appropriate.

Colas, which raised concerns about the box taking up pavement space, was happy with the decision to move it.

A spokesman said: ‘A new location for the box has been agreed by Colas, BT Open Reach and local residents.

‘Colas view the safety and security of Portsmouth residents as a top priority.

‘So we are pleased that we have been able to agree a new location with all parties involved.’