'Phone mast will stick out like a sore thumb' protest

PUBLISHED: 11:43 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:03 26 October 2009

A MOBILE phone mast could spring up in the middle of a roundabout. Telecommunications company O2 has submitted plans for the 15-metre column at the junction of Herns Lane, Herns Way and Moors Walk in WGC. But the proposal has been met with opposition. One

A MOBILE phone mast could spring up in the middle of a roundabout.

Telecommunications company O2 has submitted plans for the 15-metre column at the junction of Herns Lane, Herns Way and Moors Walk in WGC.

But the proposal has been met with opposition.

One angry resident said the mast, which would include three antennas and associated equipment cabinets, should be built with four other existing masts just down the road by WGC Football Club.

Victor Waddell, who has lived in Chalk Dale since 1971, is urging people to contact the borough council objecting to the proposals.

The retired geography teacher said: "It baffles me with all this space around why they choose the centre of a roundabout.

"It's going to look so unpleasant and is going to stick out like a sore thumb.

"If the plans are approved I think it will be absolutely unforgivable, so I would urge people to voice their objections."

O2 aims to provide coverage for Panshanger where currently there is limited coverage at certain busy times of the day, such as in the morning.

A spokesman said other sites had been considered, including at the football club and Morrison's supermarket.

However, these sites either didn't provide the appropriate coverage or were not interested in a telecom installation.

The spokesman added: "WGC Football Club was considered but because there are already four masts it would have to be built a lot higher which may not be looked upon highly by the council."

A council spokeswoman said "In the information submitted it was considered by O2 that, in accordance with current guidance, the proposal was not close enough to local schools to warrant consultation.

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