Bolton Council has responded after residents were left mystified by the appearance of large poles in their neighbourhood.

The Bolton News reported this week how neighbours in the Harper Green area said the poles were installed without warning - prompting their local councillor to raise the issue.

Cllr Sue Haworth called for stronger communication when such poles, to improve internet speed are being put up and to consider where they are being positioned.

Residents unhappy over 'mystery' poles appearing without warning

A Bolton Council spokesman said: "A number of new telegraph poles have been installed across the borough as telecoms companies work to deliver faster broadband to homes in Bolton.

"Under a planning law known as “permitted development”, the companies are allowed to install the wooden telegraph poles without first getting permission from the council.

"The poles are distinct from mobile phone or 5G towers which are significantly taller and are subject to the full planning process before installation, including consultation with local residents.

"Attaching broadband cables to telegraph poles, means the companies can provide high-speed internet more efficiently without having to dig up roads, driveways or front gardens.

"The installations are part of work being undertaken by a number of communications companies to improve Bolton’s digital infrastructure."