Decision details

BT Broadband Communications Cabinet - Mundford Road, Thetford

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To agree to a Wayleave request from BT for the installation of a junction box on Council owned land at Mundford Road, Thetford for a fee of £750 which is part of the Better Broadband for Norfolk project.

Decision:

That the Standard Wayleave Agreement and fee of £750 be agreed without undertaking a valuation for the application from BT for a Wayleave at Mundford Road, Thetford and for all other applications for Wayleaves from BT where they form part of the Better Broadband for Norfolk project only.

 

Reasons for the decision:

This would enable Better Broadband in the designated area to occur and reduce the minor ‘repayment’ of the Council’s original financial investment.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1

 

Agree to the Standard Wayleave Agreement and fee of £750, without undertaking a valuation for the application from BT for a Wayleave at Mundford Road, Thetford and for all other applications for Wayleaves from BT where they form part of the Better Broadband for Norfolk project only. 

 

The Council affectively subsidises the Wayleave application against its real value and also contributes to the legal fees which would in any normal application be paid by the applicant i.e. BT.

 

Option 2

 

Agree to the Standard Wayleave Agreement and fee of £1, without undertaking a valuation for the application from BT for a Wayleave at Mundford Road, Thetford and for all other applications for Wayleaves from BT where they form part of the Better Broadband for Norfolk project only. 

 

The Council affectively subsidises the total cost of Wayleave application against its real value and also contributes to the legal fees which would in any normal application be paid by the applicant i.e. BT.

 

Option 3

 

Do not agree to the standard Wayleave Agreement and fee consideration of £750 and undertake a valuation and attempt to charge the higher value. 

 

If the Council decided to take this option, it is highly likely BT will not accept resulting in BT not putting the infrastructure in place in that location, affecting local residents and businesses who would then suffer from not receiving the Better Broadband services.

 

 

 

 

 

Report author: Kirsty Porter

Publication date: 25/03/2015

Date of decision: 24/03/2015

Decided at meeting: 24/03/2015 - Cabinet

Effective from: 03/04/2015

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