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Bromley Council has put unnecessary obstacles in the way of the borough's planned broadband infrastructure upgrade, a local MP has claimed.

Speaking to the Bromley Times, MP for Lewisham West and Penge Jim Dowd said the area is in danger of being left behind by the digital revolution as a result.

Council officials have categorised the fibre broadband rollout as 'major works', meaning a number of planning obstacles must be overcome ahead of deployment.

Mr Dowd explained that most other councils across the UK have issued a 'standard work' classification, aiming to speed up the process.

"This is the typically unhelpful attitude towards the north-west of the borough I've come to expect from Bromley's bureaucrats, to be honest," he stated.

"It shows how out of date and out of touch this council is, holding back progress and denying residents these opportunities."

The MP has now vowed to raise the issue in the House of Commons, in a bid to encourage local councillors to change tack.

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