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UNPOPULAR plans for a phone mast near to homes and four Solihull schools have resurfaced.

Telefonica previously had planning permission refused for a 15metre high telecommunications pole at the junction of Blossomfield Road and Dingle Lane.

Telefonica previously had planning permission refused for a 15metre high telecommunications pole at the junction of Blossomfield Road and Dingle Lane.

However, new plans for the mobile phone radio mast have now been submitted to planning chiefs, causing outcry from neighbours - with fears over the impact it could have on their health.

Coun Andrew Hodgson (Lib Dem, Shirley South) spoke against the plans when they last went before the council and pledged to support residents’ fight once again.

“Telefonica are being forced to move their existing mast from Solihull College complex by the college and they claim to have done a survey and found Blossomfield to be the best site,” he said.

“I suggested an alternative site away from schools and homes on edge of Tudor Grange Park which is closer to their former mast than where they’re proposing but they’ve discounted it saying it’s not in the right area.

“I think they’re choosing this site because it better addresses a gap in service provision between Solihull town centre and Stratford Road.”

“We’ve got strong arguments against it.”

Fellow ward councillor Peter Doyle (Con) said at least 50 residents had already spoken out again the plans.

“All the Shirley councillors are against it, we have to stick up for residents, that’s our job.

“It’s been turned down before so I see no reason why it should go through this time.”

Trevor Eames, of the Solihull Ratepayers’ added: “We were very disappointed at the resubmission given the considerable objections and will be examining the application in detail before making formal objections.”

The application is thought to be going before councillors at the end of the month.

 

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