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    If the council want to put an Electrical Substation in your garden...Risk issues

    So we rent off the council and they came knocking the other day because of our situation of having a corner house with a huge garden they asked if they could have part of the garden for an electrical substation and they would put a pretty fence aroung it.
    Are there any risks of having one of these so close to our house?

    47 Comments

    how ugly is that gonna look, if you say no will they do it anyway?

    LOL Why did they ask? Crazy.

    only a risk if you jump the fence and starting licking it.

    Banned

    Tell them to beat it

    I wouldnt want a hideous thing like that in my garden

    You do know how big they are ?

    No my friend has one smack bang next door to him , i would try and get something out of them for your trouble though even though it is there land to do as they please.

    Someone invent Google.

    say no and live without electricity

    Do they still make a buzzing noise? or are new ones quieter? That would be something to think bout

    Ask them how much they'll knock off your rent.

    if you have the choice why would you agree to it? having said that we had one next to our house when i was growing up and we didnt think about it tbh and never saw it due to the fence..only thought when you asked about it so clearly didnt bother me.
    I would think if you ever want to buy the house in the future it will effect its resale value? and if the land is a good size you may be able to sell it or build on it yourself?

    They should offer you some sort of compensation at least, either a one off payment or reduced rent , as they are taking up some of your garden , as for safety i am not sure tbh ,

    If they have asked you then write to them and say something like

    'you recently asked me if I would be prepared to have an electrical substation in my garden. After some thought I have decided that I would/would not (delete as necessary) like a substation in my garden,

    yours sincerely

    JBAUERBEATSJBOND'

    Edited by: "Foxy102" 20th Jan 2011

    I would say a big fat NO, bet they wouldn't have one in their garden!!

    Complaining when you get a subsidised house and the owners want to do something with it? Don't like it? You know what to do.

    could be bad if you ever sell i guess

    davver99

    could be bad if you ever sell i guess



    Its council, they rent (_;)

    shopstilldrops

    [quote=davver99] could be bad if you ever sell i guess



    Its council, they rent (_;)[/quote

    Right to buy may come into play if they purchase their council house.

    Dont do it! It would de-value your house too much!!

    Would you buy a house next to one?

    What about your neighbours as well? Would they be pleased?

    Do it, then when theyve gone smash into it and fill your boots with lovely free electricity.

    If there is a right to buy surely if the OP doesnt bother him then at least they can get the house cheaper!?

    I can't think that there would be health risks, unless you have kids that like to climb and ignore warning signs. Still, I would not like one in my garden though I do not think it would put me off buying a property if it had one.

    Op isnt asking about buying the property though, there asking about the safety of having an electrical substation in there garden ,and whether they should agree to it !

    How close are we talking about 3 feet, 6 feet, 20 feet?

    I'd be worried about a couple of things - will it affect your house contents insurance? eg if it catches fire and is right next to your house..........

    Noise - some of them making a humming noise.......

    Electromagnetic radiation - I think you'll be okay but you might want to do a quick google....
    Edited by: "gari189" 20th Jan 2011

    Banned

    Tell them yes, providing they rewire your house and give you all the electricity you need for free.

    Original Poster

    Not interested in buying. Do you think as they will be taking 50% of my front garden I might get to pay less rent?

    Original Poster

    gari189

    How close are we talking about 3 feet, 6 feet, 20 feet? I'd be worried … How close are we talking about 3 feet, 6 feet, 20 feet? I'd be worried about a couple of things - will it affect your house contents insurance? eg if it catches fire and is right next to your house..........Noise - some of them making a humming noise.......Electromagnetic radiation - I think you'll be okay but you might want to do a quick google....



    it would be around 20 foot away

    my cousin lost a chunk of her garden back to the council for different reasons, she got a sizeable payout for it, even though its a council house!

    JBAUERBEATSJBOND

    Not interested in buying. Do you think as they will be taking 50% of my … Not interested in buying. Do you think as they will be taking 50% of my front garden I might get to pay less rent?



    Yes or a lump sum as compensation

    They give you cancer and make you vote conservative, dont do it.

    So it would be in front garden, does this mean it will be in your front window view?

    Original Poster

    no off to the side not within view. We got a letter saying they will make sure it looks nice and out of sight and may put a nice fence around but no monetry value

    JBAUERBEATSJBOND

    no off to the side not within view. We got a letter saying they will make … no off to the side not within view. We got a letter saying they will make sure it looks nice and out of sight and may put a nice fence around but no monetry value



    I would say no at first! If they are desperate for that bit of land they will try doing a better deal with you. If they are not desperate for that bit of land then they will move on and try the next person.

    JBAUERBEATSJBOND

    no off to the side not within view. We got a letter saying they will … no off to the side not within view. We got a letter saying they will make sure it looks nice and out of sight and may put a nice fence around but no monetry value



    Give me a reason why you would agree to it?
    It makes no sense even contemplating it.

    think about maintenance as well... if it breaks down you'll have workmen traipsing around in your garden. How long would the installation take - - days, weeks?

    if you're not getting anything out of it, tell them to do one. And if they are offering something for your trouble, ask for more!

    thesaint

    Give me a reason why you would agree to it?It makes no sense even … Give me a reason why you would agree to it?It makes no sense even contemplating it.


    Agreed!

    i would def want something in return..otherwise its a joke.

    Original Poster

    YEAH thats the basis of the letter

    Do you seriously think the council hasnt risk assesed how close these things are allowed to be?

    My next door neighbour (End of terrace) has one on the side of his garden. It does make a humming noise sometimes. I am not sure if the new ones do this still.



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