‘STOP putting up phone masts outside our home,’ a Solihull family has pleaded now THREE of the ‘eyesore’ poles have been erected next to their property.
The Bhopal family, who have lived on Warwick Road for the past 26 years, have now been dealt a further blow after one of the phone companies won approval to make one of the masts even taller.
“We thought it was an application for another mast when it came through the door,” said Renu Bhopal-Padhiar. “We are constantly on edge, worrying about when the next one will come through. It feels as if we have no power to stop them - if they wanted to build 100 they could.”
The first mast was erected on the grass verge, which borders the Bhopals’ property at the junction of Warwick Road and Seven Star Road, about eight years, with two others following in quick succession.
“At the beginning, we launched petitions, we even started our own action group. We worked really hard, only for the application to be accepted on appeal. We had a lot of people on our side but by the time the third application came round, you can understand why people think there is no point fighting any more.”
Her mum Sabby Bhopal, who owns the property, said the masts, as well as being an eyesore, encourage anti social behaviour.
“Youths sit on the base units, they have damaged our fence and we fear for the security of our home.
“It has had a great emotional impact on my family.”
The application for Vodafone to extend the existing mast to 15 metres high was approved last Wednesday.
Councillor Robert Hulland (Con, Silhill) said he sympathised with the family and asked for measures to reduce the visual impact of the poles and deter graffiti and vandalism to the base units.