Welwyn Garden City residents hit by new phone mast plan

PUBLISHED: 14:06 24 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:18 26 October 2009

Residents seen protesting in 2006

Residents seen protesting in 2006

A CONTROVERSIAL plan for a phone mast is back on the table - but is now set to be bigger. Vodafone withdrew original proposals for an 11ft pole with three antennas back in October 2006 after complaints from residents. But now the mobile phone company has

A CONTROVERSIAL plan for a phone mast is back on the table - but is now set to be bigger.

Vodafone withdrew original proposals for an 11ft pole with three antennas back in October 2006 after complaints from residents.

But now the mobile phone company has submitted new plans for a 12ft pole with SIX antennas just 100 metres from elderly residents' homes.

The plans would see the mast placed on the green area in front of the Methodist Church on the corner of Ludwick Way and Cole Green Lane in WGC.

Residents and shopkeepers are already gathering signatures against the plans.

Speaking to the WHT, the Rev John Churcher said he was just as concerned two years on.

In a letter to Welwyn Hatfield Council, which will decide on the planning application, he said: "Why is it necessary for Vodafone to install these six antennas right in the centre of a residential area, with children constantly passing on their way to local shops and schools?

"With a number of elderly people living within 100 metres of the proposed antennas, who are suffering from and being treated for cancer, why add to their anxiety by placing antennas that transmit low level radiation so close to their homes?"

Cole Green House resident Del Walker, whose living room looks out on to the green, was also against the plans.

The 73-year-old said: "We have three golf courses in the town with more than enough room for them.

"Why can't it go in the industrial estates or in the council office's car park?

"It's so intrusive."

No-one at Vodafone was available for comment at time of writing.

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