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Virgin Media Madness

On 9 Mar 2017 at 4:55pm Deja Vu wrote:
I have to say I now empathise a lot with the various people who have posted about Virgin Media's fibre installations, it's like a swarm of locusts descending. They ring fence off all the parking in 2 or 3 streets and then it's complete madness for 3 days until they move to the next unfortunate streets.
I had to wait 10 minutes earlier (with arms full of shopping) while they deconstructed the barriers and moved the machines that were blocking the front of my house.
Tried to talk to them not a single one of them spoke English (just an observation).
The best bit was them filling in the trenches, fill it with tarmac and stamp it down with a foot, if I hadn't of seen it happening I wouldn't of believed it.
On 9 Mar 2017 at 5:36pm Trooper wrote:
Why Virgin ?? I can only assume that a considerable amount of money has been paid to the local authority so that they Virgin can dig up the pavements and make them even worse than they were.If that is that case are we the council tax payers to benefit from this "windfall" and who is to pay to have the pavement put right when virgin have long gone and repairs are needed. I suspect that answer will come there none.
On 10 Mar 2017 at 9:22am Deja Vu wrote:
I doubt the authorities make any money from it (the application is a small set fee), to be fair to the workmen (after experiencing a few more hours of them outside the house), other than the first encounter, they are polite and courteous and all come running over to move things when people need to get through.
On 10 Mar 2017 at 9:22am Cabletie wrote:
The contract that Virgin Media has he is not with any of the Councils, it's with Ofcom. It's all part of the government's commitment to reduce the powers of publicly accountable authorities and get the private sector to do stuff instead.
On 10 Mar 2017 at 12:19pm stevied wrote:
@Deja Vu - crudely filling the trench with tarmac and stamping it down is only a temporary measure; if they did it 'properly' now the surface would crack as the soil settled. Up on the Nevill they came back after a couple of week and did the tarmac properly, then came round with a jet washer lorry (!), and just recently a guy came round with a clipboard and white paint and marked all the bits that have cracked/aren't level, presumably so they can rectify them. Workers seem polite and hard-working - I've been very impressed
On 10 Mar 2017 at 1:10pm Deja Vu wrote:
Ok that's good to hear, it is a bit rough in places (particularly where they go across a road), I was getting worried.

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