A TELEGRAPH pole which forced parents with pushchairs and people on mobility onto the road is set to be removed following a three-year campaign.

The pole sits in the middle of the pavement on Rectory Road, in Hawkwell, and has been forcing people to go into the road to avoid it.

Rochford Council chairman, Julie Gooding, says she was contacted "countless" times about the issue from worried mums and wheelchair users.

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But the long-running battle to remove the pole appears to have been won after the Echo intervened and got highway bosses to take action.

Mrs Gooding said: “After the Echo printed the article in December about the issue of the telegraph pole, I was contacted by BT and Npower, and the pole will now be removed.

“I can update the people of Hawkwell to advise that permits have been submitted to Essex Highways for works to start on July 18.

“I will keep everyone informed of the progress of the application.”

She added: “The work has been agreed, so hopefully it will be straightforward, as residents have been patient enough.

“I will not let this rest, as residents have a voice, and will be listened.”

Essex County Council had initially contacted Mrs Gooding about the issue and urged those affected to report the problem themselves.

However, Mrs Gooding was informed County Hall shared joint responsibility for the pole along with BT and Npower.

She was also contacted by the two firms about the issue and discussions have now led to an agreement to take action.

Work to remove the pole is expected to take place later this year.

Mrs Gooding added: “The road will need to be closed to carry out the work safely which includes to submerge the wires underground.

“Unfortunately, in order to close off Rectory Road and comply with the legal requirements mean the contractors need to submit an application for a licence.

“An application includes a 12-week notice with the traffic management to be authorised via Essex County Council.”