To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 6 December 2016 (HL3759), whether they are aware of instances in which an infrastructure provider has given false information to an elected parish council in order to avoid compliance with paragraph 1.2 of the Cabinet and Pole Siting Code of Practice on sharing infrastructure with other infrastructure providers; and if so, what action they have taken in response.
We are not aware of an infrastructure provider giving false information to a parish council in relation to the infrastructure sharing guidance in the Cabinet and Pole Siting Code of Practice.
The Department received a complaint from a parish council about its proposal that a communications infrastructure provider could share a trench owned by a different provider as an alternative to erecting a new pole. My officials investigated the issue and I understand that the proposal was fully explored by the communications infrastructure provider but rejected on the grounds of cost and technical difficulty. A detailed explanation was provided to the parish council by the provider.
The Parish Councillor also asked the Department for the contact details of the secretariat for the independent working group, which is responsible for reviewing compliance with the Cabinet and Pole Siting Code of Practice. We provided these, and passed on details of his complaint to the group.