A FAMILY is struggling to use its driveway because of a poorly placed telephone pole.
And it has been told by BT that is will cost more than £2,500 to have it moved.
Martin and Janine Dittrich, of Benomley Crescent, Almondbury, often have to leave their driveway empty and park outside the house because of the pole.
The couple have put up with the problem for nine years but have said it has got worse as more people park on the road.
Martin said: “If someone parks opposite, we can’t get the car up the driveway, it is impossible.
“People are parking there to go to the dentist, so we regularly struggle to get the car in and out.
“We have asked BT to consider moving it but they told us we will have to pay around £2,500.
“I’m not forking out that amount of money for something that really shouldn’t be there in the first place. We cannot get a bigger car as we are scared that we will scratch it – when we can go in and out of the driveway.”
They have asked Clr Phil Scott to help them with the issue.
The Almondbury Liberal Democrat said: “The pole was put in place after the estate was finished and this is clearly identified by the different tarmac around it.
“This particular pole is within a dropped kerb and does cause the resident a problem with their right of access. I have contacted BT Openreach about the pole and they came to see it.
“They conducted the site visit and have sent a report to me stating that to move the pole will cost the residents or council £2557.49.”
A BT spokeswoman said: “The pole in question is date stamped 1981 which means it has been in-situ since that date – 31 years.
“The land behind the pole has clearly been redeveloped over the last 31 years and a dropped curb has been installed post the installation date at some point. The pole has not and would not have been installed in the current position if the driveway had been in place at the time.
“Therefore as with any other network rearrangement request made necessary by development works, these are chargeable to the requestor under para20 of the telecommunications act 1984.
“The charges referred to are inclusive of VAT and made up of £1,781.24 para 20 charges and a survey fee of £350 plus VAT.
“This pole serves multiple customers therefore a new pole as well as an excavation to extend the underground ducting, the provision of a new connection for all the served customers and the re-provision of the new wires would be required.
“In addition we would have to recover all the existing wires and the pole.
“The extent of the work required was explained to the customer when we provided a quote.”