They seem to pull a figure out of midair although the last time I looked at one of these, about 12 months ago, they only wanted GBP4000. Still, not really a bargain!
I’m afraid that if the pole has been in situ for more than 20 years, even if there is no way leave agreement, then you are stuck with it because the electricity or BT or whoever has the poll has acquired an easement by prescription for it to remain in the same place.
Can you get them to move it for free?
The short answer I’m afraid is no.
What you can do a course is complain to the regulator that the fee to move the pole is not reasonable. I can tell you now that moving poles like this is not a simple job even if they would allow you to do yourself (which they won’t) because it requires a lot of excavation and specialist machinery to manhandle the pole into place.
And sorry, I know it’s not the answer you wanted.
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