I ordered broadband in October, knowing i had tree roots restricting the cable to my house ( girlfriend ordered full package when we moved in and had to cancel due to it ) I organised for a quick pre site survey with the intention of a referral straight to the construction team . Cue delays for the pre site visit, numerous phone calls back and forth and installers turning up to install the non existent cable, two days after it being apparently referred to the construction team, thus prompting me to ring to see how that can happen. more phone calls later and being told by another person ( don't know department ) someone had come re-checked it and was passed off ready for install .I was told to book the day off when i rang the day before my installation date. I even got texts from the installer on the evening before, trying to sort out an earlier time, which was then followed by a phone call from someone telling me it was cancelled due to the tree roots !! and would get a phone call within 5 days ( never happened ) It seems no-one is communicating with anyone leading to false promises .
I rang again in the middle of December and was told there was no update therefore im in limbo. Last time we tried to get an installation we got a phone call within a few hours from construction saying it could be up to 6 weeks, its been roughly 3 months with no apparent date set up and no call. I'm just hoping someone can find out what's happening as i have been lied to numerous times when i've rang up
Thanks for your post and welcome to the forums. It's really great having you on board with us in the Community
I'm sorry to hear that tree roots are preventing us from installing you.
Checking the account the following notes have been left on there:
WE HAVE BEEN OUT TO CHECK OUR NETWORK LEADING UP TO THE CUSTOMER'S INSTALL/REPULL, AND FOUND THAT TREE ROOTS HAVE DAMAGED OUR NETWORK WHICH IS PREVENTING A CABLE FROM BEING PULLED
REPULL/INSTALL HAS BEEN PUT ON HOLD
PLEASE ADVISE OF WE SHALL TRY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO RESOLVE TREE ROOTS AND A NEW CABLE CAN BE PULLED THEN ONCE COMPLETED THE CUSTOMER WILL BE CONTACTED.
CUSTOMER WILL NEED TO BE MADE AWARE THERE IS NO TIMESCALES FOR
TREE ROOT DAMAGE WORKS AND THEY WILL BE CONTACTED WHEN THIS HAS BEEN RESOLVED
Apologies for the capital letters, the system has been updated in that way.
For now there is nothing to do but wait. This could be a week, it could be a month. We have no idea on timescales I'm afraid.
I know this isn't the news you wanted but hopefully there'll be an update soon. You will be contacted as soon as there is.
Thank you for the reply, your reply is where i thought we were ! I was hoping there was a timeframe but that's fine at least what i'm told is on file . There has been a bit of an update which i didn't post until there was a reply as i was hoping it might be in the notes. We have new neighbours who will be sharing the point where the cable will be pulled out ( middle of the two drives ) they have ordered virgin full package but are told there install is delayed but no reason( i've told him why lol.) Since Monday there has been a note posted on the tree saying its being removed and replaced in the next three weeks due to structural problems. The tree isn't lifting pavements or the road so i was hoping it was how you had gone about fixing the problem by removing the tree itself lol see pictures attached sorry about quality
If you weren't aware will it help the install even if they plant a new tree as there will no longer be out of control roots.
Sorry for the delay in replying. I have since rang Birmingham city council who proposed the work asking if it was due to you ie Virgin requesting the removal of the tree, they have said it is purely a coincidence lol. I asked when the new tree will be planted and they said a few months after removal. All the streets virgin cabling is literally under this tree i can't imagine it isn't coordinated as there has got to be a potential loss of service but they said no so ... lol
I was told to contact Virgin when it's removed who would be best ( number please ! ) construction team direct ?
The tree has now been removed about 6 months ago but it has made no difference, i contacted Kelly communications head office last may and was told it was just the work order wasn't sent to start work and just request it on their behalf , i rang construction and was told that it was Kelly who cancelled it not them! They (Kelly) denied this and then apparently worked with Virgin ( bosses of both companies ) and had sorted out a sub contractor to fix it ie the removal of the roots ( comex 2000 ) when i chased this up with the construction team again i was told i was lying and was given the run around basically. I was always told it would be sorted if the tree was removed but its now several months later and a promised re-routing team were meant to be out to look at it but they never came and i never got a phone call, in fact every communication is from me chasing up promises or lies i have never received any promised returned phone calls or e-mails . I was told the re-routing the cable was always the plan ( it wasn't )
I have been made to jump through hoops and have done all the hard work, the tree is removed as was requested ( not my doing - councils ) i have then been told the roots may still be there and to contact the council to get them to remove them , i got a letter back from the council saying its not their job it's the service providers and they have no issue with them repairing their cables. but even with the letter in front of me i'm told the council wouldn't say that !
The reason i'm trying to get the ball rolling again is due to numerous houses all around me having installations, i spoke to the installers on Wednesday while they were doing an install thinking it may have been to sort mine but was told they were installing a house 4 doors from mine and they re-routed the cable to do it !!!
Please who do i speak to who will tell me the truth and get someone to at least come and see what can be done now the tree has been removed, as everytime i ring up it seems like i'm made out to be lying and even then i'm lied to just to get me off the phone. This reply is 1 year from my original post and if the plan was always to re- route not repair how come it takes a year when the council seem open to the repair and wont object any plans and the offending tree is removed and they seem to re-route for others at no notice and no effort on their part.