Arqiva, the owner of the Bilsdale Transmitter have said there are delays to the phase 2 of the process for restoring service, with the erection of a temporary 80-metre mast now delayed due to land access issues.
A spokesperson for Arqiva said:
The remaining stages of our plan require access to the original mast site to deliver materials, build and commission the temporary 80-metre mast which would expand TV services to the vast majority of households. The legal process to secure appropriate access to the site to build the temporary mast is taking longer than we initially anticipated and as a result it will not be operational by this weekend as we’d hoped.
We are making representations to the court as to the severity and the urgency of the situation but we are in the hands of the judicial system currently. We continue to speak to the landowner to see if we can reach an access agreement whilst the application is being processed. We are doing everything we can to move this forward as quickly as possible and are seeking the assistance of everybody involved to accelerate the process.
Arqiva have said they continue to do everything in its power to restore broadcast services as quickly and safely as possible following the fire which damaged the Bilsdale Mast earlier this month.
The majority of homes affected, more than 400,000, have now had their TV services restored, and FM radio and Digital Radio have also returned to most households.
Our teams are working round the clock, alongside our partners, to return services to normal for people across the area as quickly as possible.
We fully recognise that, for those who remain affected, this is a frustrating time as services have not been restored as quickly as we had hoped.
We apologise for that.