Get your ugly cabinet off our footpath
A Cambridgeshire community has complained about the location of an 'ugly' fibre cabinet on a 'scenic footpath' as part of the Cambridgeshire BDUK project.
The village is Fowlmere better known for its RSPB Wildfowl reserve and the cabinet in question is cabinet 2 (expected live date of December 2014) on the Fowlmere exchange which serves a good chunk of the village (cabinet 1 serving Thriplow is already live). What is interesting is the choice of the picture angle in the local press with the old buildings in the background and prosaic descriptions one expects a pretty picture postcode village but visit Google Maps and you will see the cabinet is off the main road on a footpath, and the 'scenic footpath' runs alongside some relatively new properties. There is a question mark over what gap has been left on the foot path, but so long as this meets accessibility standards then there is little to complain about. In many other parts of the UK the footpath would have a fence chicane or bollards to restrict access by bicycles and motorbikes.
In an ideal world the cabinet would have been on the grass behind the existing phone cabinet, but for all we know this may have existing services running under it, or be private land and the wayleave proved too expensive. Of course deploying FTTP would resolve the cabinet issue, but then might draw objections as extra hardware and tubing is placed on telegraph poles.