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A cable box has been placed next to the side wall of my property. No-one ever contacted me about it, and I think it’s an eyesore that will affect the value of my property. I have written to the cable company, the council and the planning department but what’s our legal position?

Under the Electronic Communications Code, cable firms have the authority to dig up pavements and install cabling and connection boxes under and on public highways as long as they stick to certain guidelines. Local authorities or individuals can only force a change where the design fails to meet those guidelines – for instance if a connection box blocks the pavement causing a potential hazard.

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