Mobile phone mast plan is thrown out

PLANS to build three mobile phone masts next to residential areas in Rugby have all been thrown out unanimously by councillors.

Petitions backed by nearly 300 residents were handed into Rugby Borough Council, expressing concerns to build the Vodafone masts in Hollowell Way, Beech Drive and on the corner of Shakespeare Gardens and Dunchurch Road.

Neighbours said they were cheifly worried about possible health implications from the radiation - but councillors refused the plans because the masts would be an eyesore.

As reported in last week's Advertiser, council officers had previously recommended that councillors reject the plans.

And at a packed public meeting, councillors wasted no time in comprehensively refusing all three proposals.

Vodafone previously stated that it will also put forward planning permission to build two more masts in Clifton Road and Hillmorton Road.

Talking about the mast in Hollowell Way outside the Merry Monk pub, Cllr. Alan Webb (Lab, Brownsover South) said: "At a time when we are trying to make a better Brownsover, this is not a good step to be taking.

"The mast is close to two Brownsover schools and I would not want pupils being put through that."

Cllr. Lionel Franklyn (Con, Bilton) said the mast in Beech Drive would have been detrimental to any plans for the Western Relief Road.

He added: "As for health issues, I personally do not believe that is an issue.

"But it is near an elderly persons' home and it is a fear for them."

Many of the members in public gallery came to hear the verdict of the mast on the corner of Shakespeare Gardens and Dunchurch Road.

Cllr. Liegh Hunt (Con, Avon and Swift) said: "This is on the main road into Rugby so it should not be planted right there on the grass verge."

Planning officers said health issues did not form any part of their decision as the Government had certified them as safe.

Vodafone said that the health issues are unproven and the masts were designed to blend in with the environment.

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04 May 2006

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