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Residents and businesses in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are finally set to gain access to BT super-fast broadband, it has been revealed.

A dispute over the placement of street cabinets last year led to plans for a network upgrade being shelved, leaving internet users in limbo.

Openreach - the firm responsible for managing BT's network - withdrew from a plan to upgrade 108 local street cabinets following council objections.

In response, Openreach said it would redeploy its engineers in areas where planning authorities have taken a positive approach.

However, following further discussions between the council and the broadband provider, an agreement has finally been reached.

Locations for 140 new street cabinets - which will deliver super-fast broadband to 34,200 premises - have been confirmed.

Liv Garfield, Chief Executive of Openreach, said the borough takes "great care" over its streetscape, so deploying a new network in such an area would be a challenge for everyone involved.

"But the leadership of the borough have demonstrated a real desire over recent months to engage with us and ensure that their residents gain access to the exciting new products and services that fibre can provide," she stated.

"As a result we’re delighted to be able to make progress on our plans for the area, and be working with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in a collaborative way going forward."

Tim Ahern, Cabinet Member for Planning Policy at the council, said fibre broadband will offer "a major boost" both for residents and businesses in the borough.

"We’re glad to have been able to reach an agreement with Openreach, which allows for the deployment of this technology whilst safeguarding the historic integrity of the borough," he stated.

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