AN internet provider has been invited to a council meeting tonight to explain to residents why they are installing telecoms poles in the area.

A number of householders in Spennymoor have received notification about the installation of telecoms poles to provide fibre broadband in their area, and some work around premises has already started.

Following concerns being raised by residents, Spennymoor Town Council has asked the company Netomnia to attend the Council Meeting tonight (Tuesday, July 27) to make a presentation on the work it is undertaking and to answer any queries or questions.

A council spokesperson said: “It should be noted that the installation of the poles is deemed to be ‘permitted development’ which in effect means that no individual or organisation can object to them.

“However, if you have any concerns, queries or questions you are welcome to attend the meeting which will be held at 6.45pm in the Main Hall of the Town Hall.

“If you cannot attend you can contact the Town Hall on 01388-815276 and have your concerns, queries or questions noted so that the chair of the meeting can put this to Netomnia on your behalf.

“The meeting will be livestreamed to Youtube and details of the link will be available on the Town Council website.”

Netomnia has been contacted for a comment.

On its website, the full fibre network builder says it aims to become a national infrastructure provider and reach a million residential and business premises by 2024.

As it works towards connecting as many premises in the UK to its fibre network as possible, Netomnia says it has a dedicated team to engage with communities through councils before and during builds, and will provide updates via marketing material and on its website.