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Mum wants Wi-Fi cabinet outside home moved – because dogs keep weeing on it


Michelle Lewis, 42, is fed up of dogs using the green cabinet near her front window as a toilet. She is now fearing for her and her child’s safety, reports Stoke-on-Trent Live.

The mother even believes her home in Birches Head, Stoke-on-Trent, could go up in flames as she claims the box is near a gas pipe.

But communications company LilaConnect – which has carried out the work – is refusing to shift the cabinet.

Michelle said: “When they were digging up the road they put all this electrical cable in the box so if someone decides to set fire to it, bang. It only needs a spark or someone to set fire to it and my house will go up.

“I’ve had kids jumping on my wall to jump on it and dogs fouling outside. I just feel like no one’s listening. I’m worried about mine and my child’s safety.”

Michelle has also complained about damage caused to the brickwork within her exterior wall during the works.

She added: “Bits of my wall have been coming off, they’ve damaged my wall here. There was all bits of brick on the floor.

“A lot of neighbours have complained about the location of the box. They could have put it in the alleyway or on a corner – not straight outside my house.”

LilaConnect is currently working across the city to provide faster and more reliable broadband.

The new network will provide internet speeds 30 times faster than superfast broadband, allowing an HD film to be downloaded in around 45 seconds. While existing broadband utilises fibre optic cables, homes and businesses are linked to the network via copper wires. Full-fibre broadband means the fibre optic cables are installed right into the buildings, allowing for much faster speeds.

A LilaConnect spokesman said: “We take all concerns seriously and can reassure residents that all installation works are carried out to plans showing the location of pre-existing utilities to eliminate any risks to safety.

“Having investigated the works completed on Hammersley Street, a tight terrace street, we have concluded that the cabinet box is in an acceptable position; it does not block the entrance to the property or infringe on the boundary and poses minimal obstruction to pedestrians.

“We apologised to the resident for the small chip damage to her brick wall and a damage claim has been passed to our contractor and insurers.

“We remain committed to working in partnership with communities as we deliver the transformational benefits of full fibre gigabit connectivity to homes and businesses across Stoke-on-Trent.”


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