Another Farnworth A resident was left stunned after an “unsightly” 6G pole appeared outside the front of his home “without consultation”.

The Bolton The news recently reported how neighbors in the Harper Green area said the poles were installed without warning, prompting their local councilor to raise the issue.

Cllr Sue Haworth called for closer communication when such poles to increase internet speeds are put up, and to consider where they are placed.

Leon Barnes says some other poles were put up in Bradford Street and Phoenix Street.

And he said that when he was looking at the poles, he saw a fixed notice that said “if anyone is against the poles, write to this address.”

The Bolton News: 6G poles in Farnworth6G poles in Farnworth (Image: Councilor)

Leon said that he sent a letter with objections.

He said: “They also installed bollards on Bradford Street/Phoenix Street in Farnworth without consultation or notification from the company.

“One of them is lying in front of my house.

“I can’t understand why, after digging up the track and roadway to lay fiber-optic cables less than two years ago, that there is a need to put up these unsightly telegraph poles, modern technology doesn’t.”

He added: “They have affixed a notice to the posts saying that anyone who objects to the posts being watched can write to the address given for Blackburn.”

He also said he noticed that even though the company is calling it 6G, widespread 6G isn’t expected until 2030 at the earliest.

IX Wireless, also known as Internexus, previously told The Bolton News it had installed the digital network infrastructure and was “engaging with councils and local communities at every stage of building the network” in line with planning requirements.

A Bolton Council spokesman said: “A number of new telegraph poles have been installed across the borough as telecoms companies work to bring faster broadband to Bolton homes.

“Under planning law known as ‘permitted development’, companies are allowed to erect wooden telegraph poles without first obtaining council permission.

“Pillars are different to mobile or 5G towers, which are much taller and subject to a full planning process before installation, including consultation with local residents.

“Attaching broadband cables to telegraph poles means companies can provide high-speed internet more efficiently without having to dig up roads, driveways or front gardens.

“The installations are part of work being carried out by a number of communications companies to improve Bolton’s digital infrastructure.”

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