SOLIHULL’S planning committee has deferred a decision over plans to erect a new, mobile phone mast in Olton.
Residents have mounted a petition against the transmitter - backed up by Solihull MP Lorely Burt and Councillor Norman Davies.
The 12.5 metre mast would replace one that is already in place, on the junction of Fircroft Road, but would stand a metre taller.
Coun Davies (Lib Dem, Olton) said that many people were worried about the proposals.
“I do feel it’s a bit incorrect to call it a telegraph pole in the report, it’s a mobile phone mast and that’s what it should be called,” he said. “There’s a concern among many people about the radiation coming from the three antennae that will be on the mast.”
He added that a transmitter had already been installed nearby, concealed within a sign at the Shell Petrol Station. And another mast stands at Seven Star Road, which residents insist should provide sufficient coverage.
The planning committee were divided about whether to re-negotiate with the mobile phone company or throw out the plans outright.
Coun Theresa Tedd (Lib Dem, Lyndon) called for the plans to be refused.
While Coun Jim Ryan (Con, Bickenhill) agreed that the mast’s cabinet was too big, he argued that the council should defer the decision and go back to the applicant.
The committee voted to defer the decision by a majority.