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COUNCILLORS have thrown out unpopular plans to locate a phone mast next to four schools over safety grounds.

Telefonica UK resubmitted its application for a 15metre telecommunications mast on the island between Blossomfield Road and Dingle Lane, after the company’s first was refused last November.

Telefonica UK resubmitted its application for a 15metre telecommunications mast on the island between Blossomfield Road and Dingle Lane, after the company’s first was refused last November.

But councillors at last week’s planning committee meeting felt that not enough had been done to address their original grounds for refusal; the difficulty of servicing the mast due to its busy location, putting highway safety at risk, and the mast’s prominence and additional street furniture cluttering the area. They voted unanimously to dismiss the plans.

Coun Kate Wild (Con, St Alphege) said: “I think the reasons for refusal still stand. Children are at risk here. There are three very large secondary schools, an FE college and a primary nearby. It’s also in a residential area. Residents should not live in fear of their health.”

“It’s one of the most congested islands in the borough,” added Coun John Windmill (Lib Dem, Olton). “I have real concerns over servicing and safety.”

Agent for the applicants Paul Street argued the “much needed” mast was required to provide phone plus 2G and 3G service.

 

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