Agreed, those within the council responsible for negotiating the terms of the lease should try harder, two years to essentially get nowhere is ridiculous for such an insignificant building.
However, in the current financial climate I’d be surprised, and disappointed, if this got anywhere near the Chief Exec’s. ‘To Do’ list: with a budget for 2018/19 of £233m he’s got significantly more important challenges to occupy his time (£16k is not even a drop in the ocean).
A few points:
– EE was established in 2010 as a 50:50 joint venture between Deutsche Telekom and France Télécom (now Orange S.A.) through the merger of their respective T-Mobile and Orange businesses in the UK
– EE was acquired by BT Group in January 2016
– Major shareholders of BT group are Orange S.A. (4%) and Deutsche Telekom (12%)
Currently, there are no masts on the roof of Ty Pawb, in the business plan the income from any mast is stated as “assumed”:
– £15,000 is assumed to be generated from a mobile phone mast license [sic] (relocated from the current police station to the new OW building). For reference, EE (mobile operator) is understood to have paid £16,600 (exc. VAT) in 2014/15 but has unsuccessfully attempted to negotiate this down to £9,500.
EE Have confirmed:
– “In consideration of the People’s Market car park site, EE have been trying to reach an agreement for two years to use this site for siting their replacement equipment. “
– However, following repeated attempts to reach agreement on terms, negotiations have halted and more recent attempts to contact the council to restart negotiations have been ignored.”
Lastly, I can’t see that a slim-line mono-pole, on the corner of Holt Street, having any noticeable impact on the views from the top of the Parish Church.
Going forward, it may be better to remove any mention of ‘average speed check’ from the posts, as cameras of this type are purely for monitoring the flow of traffic/incidents.
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