Freitag, 21. November 2008

Huntington mobile phone mast uproar

4:40pm Friday 21st November 2008

By Mike Laycock »

ANGRY residents have attacked plans to build a 23-metre tall mobile phone mast in a field near York.

Vodaphone Ltd has applied to City of York Council to install the lattice-type telecommunications mast, along with three antennas and two transmission dishes, at Hall Farm in Church Lane, Huntington.

But one local resident, Tom Claxton, claimed today the mast would spoil one of the most attractive views in the York area.

Another villager, Michael Sherlock, who lives in Paddock Close, less than 200 metres from the proposed mast site, has written to the council to claim: “It will totally dominate the surrounding countryside and will be clearly seen by house owners from the Old Village.

“No attempt is being made to disguise the shape and it will be an eyesore. I most strongly object.”



Huntington phone mast site defended

1:30pm Monday 24th November 2008

By Mike Laycock »

MOBILE phone giant Vodaphone has strongly defended its controversial plans for a 23-metre telecommunications mast in a village near York.

It said today it had examined 16 alternative locations for the mast before selecting the proposed site at Hall Farm in Church Lane, Huntington.

It insisted the mast would be neither visually intrusive nor a hazard to the health of local residents.

The Press reported on Friday that angry villagers had blasted Vodaphone’s planning application to City of York Council to put up the lattice-type telecommunications mast, along with three antennas and two transmission dishes.

Local residents claimed the mast would be an eyesore and a blot on the landscape which would spoil one of the most attractive views in York and dominate the surrounding countryside.


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The chief planner at the Norfolk council at the centre of a row over a controversial mast plan has written to the government calling for a change in the planning process.

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