Mum urges families to fight mast plans

Norwich Evening News

A worried mother has urged families living on a sprawling estate to back her in a fresh fight against a 12.5metre mobile phone mast which could be built at the heart of their community.

Councillors on Broadland District Council's planning committee will meet next week to decide whether the O2 mast, with enclosed antennae and ground-based equipment cabinets, should be built on a highway verge on Dussindale Drive, Thorpe St Andrew.

Michelle Dickerson, a mum-of-two who lives on Association Way, off Dussindale Drive, said she intends to speak at the meeting in opposition to the mast and wants other people living on the estate to let the council know they do not want it.

“I'm quite willing to put my case forward for the children living in the area,” said Mrs Dickerson. “You have to register your intention to speak which I have done. If there are several people they only want one speaker for three minutes, but if they want me to do it, I will do it.

“I will take the children with me and go down and do it. It might just slip through if people leave it for someone else to do something about it.”

The mast was initially to be sited just yards from a plot of land at Vane Close, off Dussindale Drive, where work to build a £4million primary school has started.

The choice of site caused outrage among families living in the area, who campaigned against the mast, leading O2 to withdraw the application in March.

But Mrs Dickerson said it is now time for people to campaign again with the company wanting to site the mast on Dussindale opposite an existing 10m mobile phone mast operated by Orange.

“I'm looking at the site where it's going to be and it will be higher than the other one and will look like an eyesore,” she said.

Mrs Dickerson, who is a committee member of the Fitzmaurice Pavilion Nursery in Thorpe, said there was still time for parents to email their concerns ahead of the meeting which takes place at Broadland District Council at 9.30am on Wednesday, July 19,

As the Evening News reported last month a spokesman for O2 said the application was moved from a site where people were strongly opposed to it, but was needed to provide adequate access and cover for mobile users in the area.

The Evening News has campaigned against the installation of mobile phone masts near homes and schools until it is proved they are safe through our Put Masts on Hold campaign.

Anyone wanting to register comments about the application should log onto the planning section of Broadland's website at //www.broadland.gov.uk and add comments under application number 20061004 or call (01603) 431133 and ask for details about how to submit written comments.

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

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