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Mast sparks row in Olton

PLANS to site a 10 metre mast housing three antennae close to homes in Olton have been attacked by MP Lorely Burt and Lib Dem councillor Norman Davies.

PLANS to site a 10 metre mast housing three antennae close to homes in Olton have been attacked by MP Lorely Burt and Lib Dem councillor Norman Davies.

Protesters claim there is no need for the additional coverage in Fircroft Road as O2 already have a full facility at Seven Star Road. There are also concerns about its proximity to local homes.

Ms Burt has written to planning chiefs at S olihull Council on behalf of her constituents raising concerns over the proposed site for the mast.

She said: “The mast is located less than 3 0 metres from residential properties and at a total height of 11.4m would create an obtrusive and unduly prominent feature on the street scene.

“Local residents are determined to fight this proposal and I hope that the company will pause for thought and see if they cannot site the mast a much greater distance away from local housing before asking for local approval.”

Resident Michael Hopper appealed to locals to write to Solihull Council with their concerns and asked residents to attend the upcoming planning meeting at 6pm Wednesday July 7.

He added: “Operators persist in saying that people need 3G services in their homes yet there is no evidence provided. Operators do have a commercial need to generate profits, but planners must ensure that neither the commercial needs of the operators nor those of consumers should ever override the needs of rate paying residents when it comes to the use of public amenity areas.”

 

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