Eaton Park phone mast battle latest

02 May 2007 09:39

Families who have battled to stop a mobile phone mast from being built close to a city park today spoke of their disappointment after their fight came to an end.

After months of hard work to stop telecommunications giant 3 putting a 15 metre high phone mast on the corner of Parmenter Road and South Park Avenue, the company has won on appeal.

Families living close to the proposed site had hoped they had seen the last of the application when it was turned down by Norwich City Council in December. But 3 appealed the decision and it has now been overturned.

Mike Nichols, of Sotherton Road, helped lead the campaign against the proposal. He said: “Everybody is very, very surprised. I believe that this was the most objections ever received for a phone mast application. The council rejected it and there were good grounds.

“The only chance we have now is to find something wrong in the appeal acceptance.”

A petition of more than 200 names was collected and sent to the planning inspectorate.

Families cited a number of reasons for their objections.

They were concerned about the possible health risks the mast would pose, being close to homes as well as four schools and a community centre. They were also worried about the visual impact and its impact on the value of their homes. Mr Nichols said: “I think that mast will turn out like asbestos or smoking in the future in terms of the health risks. People here are hugely disappointed.”

The Evening News has been running a Put Masts On Hold campaign, which calls for no more masts to be placed near homes or schools until it is proved they are safe.

Last month the Evening News reported how a scientific study commissioned by telecoms operator T-Mobile had suggested mobile phones cause cancer.

William Comery, corporate affairs manager for Erickson Services which applied for the mast on behalf of 3, said: “The health and safety of mobile phone base stations has been established by the government and other health bodies. A recent World Health Organisation report found no long term or short term health risks.”

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Are you worried about plans for a mobile phone mast in your area? Contact Dominic Chessum on 01603 772428 or e-mail

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Phone mast battle for Eaton families

10 May 2007 12:01

Furious families are fighting to stop a mobile phone mast from being moved to outside their homes and have collected more than 250 signatures in protest.

Following a public outcry from people living in Newmarket Road the city council has requested that mobile phone company O2 removes a mast there.

But the telecoms giant has instead applied for permission to put a 17.5 metre mast a short distance away in Eaton Street, to the fury of families living nearby.

Jane Rolph, one of the protesters, said: “We understand the need for technology, and are asking for masts to be placed in a safe zone, 500 metres away from populous areas. We already have two masts within a hundred metres of the proposed site.

“We have a choice to smoke or drink yet in today's health and safety conscious world, how can we have this health risk imposed upon us?

“It is unforgivable that health risks are not being taken into consideration with phone mast sitings.

“Everyone I have spoken to voiced concern for the future.”

The paper has been running a Put Masts On Hold campaign which calls for no more masts to be placed near homes or schools until it is proved they are safe.

A petition against the Eaton Street application has been placed in the local Post Office and has already attracted more than 250 signatures.

Malcolm Fuller, who has run the Post Office as a family business for the past 22 years, said: “I am shocked at the choice of the proposed site particularly as the Post Office, like the rest of Eaton Street, is a conservation area. A 57 foot mast would look totally out of place.

“Nobody wants the mast at all but it is already up and running. People just cannot understand why it is being moved.

“There is always going to be a conflict of interest.”

Heather Harris, who lives near the proposed new site, said: “I am very concerned over the increasing evidence of health risks, especially now that so many studies show links to cancer for people living close to phone masts.

“It's all very worrying. Phone companies should be more responsible in choosing sites that do not affect the community's health. We need councils and Government to support us.”

Jim Stevenson, community relations manager for O2 said: “What we are trying to do is to move a mast which is currently a problem for the local planning authority. We are currently consulting residents on what will be right for the area and what they think.”

Are you fighting proposals for a mobile phone mast in your area? Contact reporter Dominic Chessum on 01603 772428 or email

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