Vincent Square
Vincent Square

Millbank Estate – broadband installation

Residents on the Millbank Estate have raised an outcry at the noisy and intrusive road works by G.Network to install high speed fibre broadband. Residents say they were not warned about the works to dig up roads and pavements. We have called for an urgent meeting with G.Network to ensure residents get earlier notification of works and for effective coordination between the Council and G.Networks to ensure that recently re-laid pavements and resurfaced roads are not dug up just a few weeks later. One Millbank Estate resident said:

 “I just popped out of my flat to find that fibre broadband roadworks have been set up directly outside, on Marsham Street near the junction with John Islip Street.  Once again, as with the John Islip Street broadband works in October, and in Claverton Street, residents have received no letter warning or informing them about what will be very disturbing noisy works. And noise is particularly an issue on this stretch as it’s a narrow road and the sound bounces between the two blocks.”


Following our intervention, acoustic screens have been installed around the roadworks to reduce the noise impact on residents

Chapter Street/Regency Street

We have asked the Council to take urgent action on this issue:

“On Thursday I spent my evening looking after a lady who is a Vincent Square resident who tripped over one of the concrete bollards on the corner of Chapter Street and Regency Street, just by Hide Tower. Her knees and hips were seriously injured and she was very distressed. Whilst I was with her, waiting for an ambulance, two other people tripped over in a very similar spot, this time on a broken bit of pavement, with less serious consequences. One of those two people, also local, was very keen that we complain to the council about it.

It struck me that this corner is not well lit – the distance between the two nearest streetlights to it seems greater than the distance between other streetlights on the street. And also the bollards could be painted white, and the pavement fixed, to prevent such incidents in the future.”

The Council say:

“An inspector has attended site and unfortunately, this is not part of our highways maintained network.  The concrete bollards in question are on housing land and are not part of our inspection regime.  I have passed this on to Housing to look at and action as appropriate.”

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