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Farmer: “I am not to blame for mobile phone signal problems in Northamptonshire”

The Vodafone mobile phone mast on Northamptonshire farmland that is currently broken NNL-140807-171927001

The Vodafone mobile phone mast on Northamptonshire farmland that is currently broken NNL-140807-171927001

A Northamptonshire farmer has denied that he is preventing Vodafone engineers from fixing a mobile phone mast on his land.

Hundreds of Vodafone customers in the Denton area, near Northampton, have lost signal on their mobiles during the past week due to a fault with a nearby mast on privately-owned farmland.

A spokesman for Vodafone said yesterday that the company was “negotiating with the landlord to access the site” to repair the mast.

But, speaking to the Chronicle & Echo, yesterday, the farmer, who did not wish to be named, said he was not preventing engineers from accessing his site.

He said: “They have to give me 24 hours notice before they come but I can’t stop them accessing the land.”

However, the farmer admitted that having the mobile phone on his land had caused him a “huge amount of hassle.”

The farmer said he was currently negotiating a new lease with Vodafone after the initial 10-year agreement finished four years ago.

He said: “I have been a farmer all my life but I now seem to know even more about the telecommunications business.

“The mobile phone mast has probably given me more hassle than its worth.”

A spokesman for Vodafone said: “We’re sorry that some of our customers in Denton are experiencing signal problems currently.

“We are hoping to get the problem fixed as soon as possible.”

 

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