Turn down mast plan

PUBLISHED: 11:23 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:24 26 October 2009

Sir – Panshanger residents in general and particularly those living in the vicinity of the roundabout where Herns Lane, Herns Way and Moors Walk meet, should know that Telecom Coy O2 has applied to the borough council for planning permission to install a

Sir - Panshanger residents in general and particularly those living in the vicinity of the roundabout where Herns Lane, Herns Way and Moors Walk meet, should know that Telecom Coy O2 has applied to the borough council for planning permission to install a 15 metre - nearly 50 feet - antenna in the middle of the said roundabout.

In addition to the said antenna there is to be an equipment cabinet, along with a "grasscrete" parking area for vehicles, the latter extending from the centre of the roundabout to its edge.

The borough council has notified some Panshanger residents of the planning application of O2 for the said constructions and have invited comments.

One has to ask whether this 50 feet high mast, sticking out like a sore thumb in an otherwise idyllic landscape, is really necessary?

I must point out that there are already four similar masts located on the edge of the WGC Football Club grounds and clearly visible from Herns Way. Could this antenna not be mounted on one of these masts?

And, of course, there is a vast open space of the Panshanger Golf Course.

I would urge Panshanger residents to petition the borough council to turn down this application of O2 for a 50 feet high mast in the middle of our roundabout.

There are clearly a number of other options open in the neighbourhood.

Victor Waddell,

Chalk Dale, WGC.


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