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Topic # 242758 12-Nov-2018 20:50
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I'm in Hamilton, and today an Ultra Fast Fibre contractor knocks on our door, as he needs to dig up the front of our landscaping to install a fibre pedestal.

 

 

 

This thing is massive - at least a metre tall once installed - and their plan is to install it on our boundary with no other objects close by to detract from it, aside from some low grasses and rocks, so I am extremely concerned about this being a huge eyesore. We will have no options to hide it: Can't plant a tree in front of it obviously, and the weird angle makes a fence of any height just as bizarre a placement (hence the rocks and grasses). This one object would quite literally cancel out many thousands of dollars of improvements to our front verge.

 

 

 

Now, I'm not arguing over the necessity of having this things around the place (just like the old power and phone boxes everyone has), but seeing that it is so *huge* there should be some thought put in to their placements, and indeed there are about 3 other places it could go where fibre terminates the neighboring houses - including our own opposite boundary where fences/shubbery/letterboxes could help soften it. Even the neighbours would prefer it not stick out like a sore thumb for their own street appeal's sake and approve a change of plan! Add to that is that we're in a high traffic area, the exposed location means the pedestal *will* get knocked over. Be it car, e-scooter, kid on bike.

 

 

 

I have the records from beforeudig, and our place is not significant in any way (actually third-to-last in the run before the street is then served from the opposite end) so it's not like it's a termination point that feeds multiple dwellings either. Also this is a street where fibre is already installed about 4 years back and most dwellings have it so this is not part of a new rollout.

 

 

 

Can anyone offer any insight? The UFF Service Desk has given us mixed messages, and if I am preparing to push back it would be handy to know the technical constraints as to the placement rather than it be one termination before or after this current proposal.

 

 

 

Thanks in advance for any help.


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  Reply # 2124454 12-Nov-2018 21:07
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So where exactly is it located? Assuming it's on the street frontage you and with a few caveats depending on your local council you don't necessarily have any legal ability to stop it.

 

What reasons have UFF given for it if you're saying the build is complete?

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2124456 12-Nov-2018 21:15
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is it on your property? not really to much you can do then?

 

there is likely a good reason for it going where it is, something that you cant see...


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2124457 12-Nov-2018 21:16
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also why not post a photo/streetview of the front (remove identifiable details etc)

 

will make alot more sense for readers


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  Reply # 2124458 12-Nov-2018 21:20
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You mention on ' Our Boundary ' is going on land you own?

 

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  Reply # 2124460 12-Nov-2018 21:25
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@sbiddle No real feedback as to "why" these are being installed in to an existing location yet, and yes this is on council land (boundary of our frontage and council verge).

 

 

 

@Jase2985 Sorry I'm just wary of my privacy online to be posting street views of my house. As you said though the answer would be in what you can't see so posting a photo of the aesthetics wouldn't necessarily help. I'm more wanting the hows and whys of location choice if there's anyone in the know or had similar experience on these forums...


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  Reply # 2124461 12-Nov-2018 21:29
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Location choice comes down to what the designer has deemed suitable, pure and simple.

 

If you are having an issue with the intended outcome, reach out to UFF by email or phone, or pop into their office near the racecourse, they might be able to put you onto the right person to chat with. They're pretty reasonable people.




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  Reply # 2124463 12-Nov-2018 21:33
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toejam316:

 

Location choice comes down to what the designer has deemed suitable, pure and simple.

 

 

 

 

Sounds promising! Yes if I don't get any feedback over the phone the next couple of days I'm going to go see them. Thanks.


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  Reply # 2124464 12-Nov-2018 21:34
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has to go somewhere

 

are you just being a NIMBY?

 

the reason i ask for a photo is to try and get an idea of your concern and where you are coming from




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  Reply # 2124467 12-Nov-2018 21:43
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I get why you'd think I'm a NIMBY if I'm unwilling to post a photo - but as I said if it has to be there I'm not opposed to it still being in front of my house - just on the side of my property where there's other tall things like fences, shrubs and letterboxes. Not just out there on its own.


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  Reply # 2124473 12-Nov-2018 22:06
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Are you able to give me an address and I can look into the design



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  Reply # 2124489 12-Nov-2018 22:41
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Thank you I have just sent you a PM 


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