Bournemouth Council calling meeting with Fibrecity over street works
Bournemouth Borough Council has invited Fibrecity to a meeting on Friday to discuss "serious concerns" with the company's work. Fibrecity Directors will meet with members of the council who are demanding action to repair damage caused by work to install fibre optic cables through the city. The company has code powers so does not need the councils permission to dig up the roads and lay cables but the council is requesting that these be done to a certain standard.
Fibrecity did originally intend to lay cables through the sewer systems owned by Wessex Water, but following a failure to reach agreement with the company, has resorted to micro-trenching, a process of cutting a small trench in the road or pavement into which fibre cables can easily be laid with minimal disruption to road users. Back in October, a four-week delay was announced by Fibrecity of any roll-outs whilst the company went through a re-financing process, with a possibility of management buyout, but as yet, there has been no news on this work restarting.
The council will be raising three main concerns with the company:
- The quality of remedial work on trenches dug has in some cases not been done to a high enough standard and has had to be re-done. The council is also still waiting further work in some cases.
- The council were never consulted on the change from using sewers to the trench model using roads and pavements.
- Fibrecity have yet to advise the council of a date when work will re-commence after the company stopped cabling works in October 2010.
"Whilst a delay in the works resulting in the restructure of the company is understandable it is unacceptable that residents and businesses are kept in the dark on the progress of the project. Fibrecity also need to inform those residents who have signed up to receive the cables where they stand. The growing uncertainty could potentially undermine the project. We are determined to get this situation resolved as quickly as possible in the best interests of the people of Bournemouth."Peter Charon, Councillor
Hopefully, the meeting will she some light on where Fibrecity will go from here and if they will continue to deploy fibre in Bournemouth and Dundee.