The Rhondda AM has met with telecoms experts for a progress report on the disruption to services in the Porth area.
Leanne Wood AM met with engineers from EE and Ericsson, as well the BT Group Wales Director Nick Speed, to hear how they have been working to restore services following an arson attack on a mast.
The site – on the mountain above Birchgrove in Porth – was targeted by an arsonist last month. It was two weeks before engineers could go on site due to ongoing investigations and safety checks. Work has been carried out flat out from the beginning of the month to fully restore services over the weekend.
As a temporary measure, engineers installed a mobile mast over at the Waun Wen Community Centre in Trebanos to restore some of the lost signal.
Leanne said: “Since the arson nearly four weeks ago I have received lots of complaints from people frustrated at being unable to access mobile phone and internet services. My constituency office is in Porth so I know just how inconvenient this has been.
“It was reassuring to hear from the engineers first hand about the huge effort to restore services through repair work at the BBC mast above Birchgrove and in the installation of a temporary mast over at the Waun Wen Community centre in Trebanog.
“I had not appreciated the level of damage caused by the arson attack until I spoke with the engineers tasked with project managing the repairs.
“It has taken a great deal of work and expense to repair the damage. I have been reassured that the suspect has been arrested but to safeguard against further attacks in future, extra security measures are to be put in place.
“In the meantime, anyone who would like assistance with compensation as a result of disruption to their services can make an appointment with my office – we are glad to offer assistance. Please email [email protected] or call 01443 681420 to make an appointment.”