Council rejects plans for 'monster' mobile phone mast

May 25 2006

A MOBILE phone company was told it had the wrong number when councillors backed neighbours and threw out plans for a 46-foot high mast on their doorstep.

The 681 campaigners living in the Tring Road area of Tilehurst had signed a petition protesting that Hutchinson 3G UK's 17th mast in a radius of little over half a mile would have been an eyesore too far.

And at West Berkshire Council's eastern area planning committee they got the support of Bucklebury council-lor Graham Pask who said: "I asked myself would I want to live near one of these masts and the answer is definitely 'no'.

"The problem is that this is a monster. Even if it is a fake telegraph pole I have never seen a telegraph pole 14 metres high, never in my life."

Eric Drew-Clifton and Lewis Evans of Tring Road spoke on behalf of their neighbours and highlighted their concerns at the size and appearance of the mast and cabinets and the potential harm to residents.

Mr Drew-Clifton said: "My wife and I have lived at Tring Road for 45 years and we wish to enjoy our property in pleasant surroundings, unspoilt by an unsightly industrial installation only 20 yards from our front door.

"The installation will also be seen from the windows and garden of many houses in Tring, Fairford and Overdown roads."

After the meeting, Westwood ward district councillor Laszlo Zverko, said: "The residents are very pleased. We are just sick and tired of it all, it is ridiculous.

"All the protesting paid off and the number of objections represented a third of the population of my ward.

"To echo what Cllr Pask said, it would have been a monster and a real eyesore."

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