Broadband cabinets on council agenda

THERE were no fewer than four applications for improved broadband facilities in Montrose on the agenda of yesterday’s meeting of Angus Council’s development standards committee.

The committee met after the Review went to press, but approval was recommended and it was widely expected to be given.

The installations were described as: “BT DSLAM cabinets”.

The application was for the cabinets to be painted grey, but in each case the conditional approval asks that the cabinets be painted green rather than grey.

All four were in the name of BT Openreach, and each application included the words: “The proposed cabinet installation will facilitate Super Fast Fibre Access (SFFA), providing super fast broadband to homes in the local area, and is expected to be in place for around 20 years.”

The locations are as follows:

* On the north side of the pedestrian footway on North Street, close to its junction with Murray Street/North Esk Road.

* On the north side of the pedestrian footway on Hume Street, close to its junction with High Street.

* At the rear of the pedestrian footway on the west side of Union Place, close to its junction with Wellington Street.

* At the rear of the pedestrian footway on the south side of St Peter’s Road, within the Mid Links area.

In each case, the new cabinet will be positioned beside or near to an existing cabinet.

No comments were received from statutory bodies, Montrose Community Council or from individual residents.

Planning director Eric S. Lowson explained the condition for change of colour of the cabinets as follows: “In order that the proposed visual finish is appropriate for the cabinet in the interests of the visual amenity and in order to minimise impact on the Conservation area.”

The exact shade of green is to be agreed in writing with the planning authority, prior to installation.