Delight over phone mast ruling

04 May 2006 12:39

Families are celebrating after planning inspectors ruled against a mast which would have been installed near homes.

More than 500 people signed a petition against the application by O2 for a 15m mast near the Moss Pharmacy in Colman Road.

The campaign, organised by University ward councillor Roy Blower, led planning officers to reject the proposal last June before it came to the planning committee.

The telecommunication giant appealed that decision stating that more masts were needed because more people were using phones.

But Government planning inspectors have now decided the decision made by planning officers should stand.

Mr Blower said he was delighted the inspectors ruled against the mast and thanked the Evening News for raising awareness of the campaign.

He said: “Another mast had been rejected by the city council on the other side of the road once and the company lost at appeal and the same thing has happened at this one. We've had four bites of the cherry at these two masts and it is down to the community.

“I'm absolutely delighted for the people of University ward that they haven't got to put up with this blot on the landscape.”

Jean McLennan, 59, who lives at Lubbock Close, off Colman Road, signed a petition against it and was pleased planning inspectors had agreed the mast should not go ahead.

“They've got to be put somewhere, but why on earth can't they be placed away from populations,” she said.

“At the back of my mind is this fear and worry that if these emissions from masts are dangerous to people we don't want it.”

Mary Parke, 57, who lives on The Avenues with her husband Brian, said also signed the petition and was delighted the mast would not be going ahead.

“I'm very pleased,” she said. “There's a lot of houses in the area and I'm sure they can find a more open space to place it.”

The Evening News has, through our Put Masts on Hold campaign, fought against the installation of mobile phone masts until it is proved they are safe.

A spokeswoman for O2 said: “We're very disappointed, it will mean an inferior service for the people of Norwich. We will have to look in other areas. As part of our license we have a duty to provide people with good mobile phone coverage.”

Are you battling mobile phone mast plans where you live?
Telephone Evening News reporter Peter Walsh on (01603) 772439 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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