BT are in the midst of rolling out high speed broadband in Leith.
An unfortunate side effect of this process is that to do this the firm has apparently decided it’s necessary to place a legion of new cabinets all over the neighbourhood.
Local resident Norman Brown has been in touch after he discovered that there is a plan for one in Bernard Street. He writes:
“BT want to place a Telecoms apparatus (DSLAM telecoms cabinet) right
outside 30 Bernard Street. This thing is hideous and in no way fits with the surroundings.
“You only have to look at the building from the front elevation and imagine the box there right beside four beautiful doors that are all coloured differently. The doors alone are one of the best features of this Grade B listed building. The symmetry of these doors is what makes building and its position on Bernard Street flawless.
“The online picture on the planning site of the proposed look if the box were to be there is a close tight shot that cuts out the doors and only shows 2 doors hiding that symmetrical look.
“Also on the corner of the gable end is an original red post box embedded in the wall, as this corner was a post office many years ago.
“There is not many of this type of post box in Edinburgh anymore and it should be respected and not have any modern erections that are completely out of place. The street is full of old and new I am very aware of that.
“But we are not even allowed bins in the street so how can this permanent structure be even considered?
“I love this street mostly because it is untouched by modernism and would love to keep it so.
“I would like to know if there are any other ways of putting this technology in place without it having to be seen.”
A great many of these new cabinets have already received planning permission in elsewhere in Leith, but this one is still going through the planning system.
Therefore, if you would like to leave a comment you can find the application on the council planning portal using reference: 13/02630/FUL