A BOROUGH councillor said he has been inundated with letters of concern from parents following the erection of a temporary phone mast in Shirley.
The base station appeared on Haslucks Green Road two weeks ago. It is a temporary structure following the removal of the permanent device from Westminster House - a building which will soon be demolished as part of Shirley’s Parkgate scheme.
This week, Councillor Howard Allen (Green, Shirley West) said he has had constituents contact him following concerns that the ‘towering’ mast has been erected so close to a school.
In a letter, one local parent said: “I am very concerned about the mast that has been erected on Haslucks Green Road. My daughter attends the school opposite and I have fears for her health.
“We use Shirley Park almost every day and I am worried about the possible effects the mast has on us. Also, how awful it looks as you drive up Stratford Road - it’s the first thing you see coming into Shirley.”
In a previous statement, Robert Birch of Shirley Advance (the developer behind Parkgate), said: “The telecoms mast serving this area for Orange and T-Mobile was previously on top of Westminster House, which is about to be demolished to make way for the long awaited Parkgate scheme.
“I would like to apologise for any concern the appearance of the mast has caused local people.
“But I hope they will understand the need not to disrupt the service for mobile phone customers.”