PLANNING: Too late to box clever in town

Members of Alnwick Civic Society who were concerned about the new green box at the time of installation.
Members of Alnwick Civic Society who were concerned about the new green box at the time of installation.

Quite by chance one day last week I came across Alnwick being featured on the BBC morning show Rip off Britain.

This was an item featuring the BT Outreach practice of being able to site the new larger green boxes necessary for faster broadband without the need for planning permission.

We are to be lumbered with one near the Fleece. No objection was raised by the council despite the prominent position in a conservation area.

The box impinges on the view of the listed ancient monument that is the Hotspur Tower.

However, ‘there is no such thing as bad publicity’ it is said.

There were interviews with members of the Civic Society and John was there delivering a special cry.

The film featured good views of the Tower and the Playhouse.

Too late now, but surely this box could have been placed either some yards up Hotspur Street or just down Greenwell Lane.

Why, when such care is taken regarding street furniture, was this allowed to go ahead without protest?

Eileen Woodward,

Haven Meadows,

Shilbottle