Pub's phone mast battle

PETER WALSH
23 May 2007 08:48

Families are preparing for a fight to stop a mobile phone mast being installed near homes and a popular pub.

Communications firm T-Mobile has notified Broadland District Council of its plans to build a 12-metre mast near the Blue Boar pub in Wroxham Road, Sprowston.

David Turnbull, landlord of the pub, said it was the second time the company had tried to get a mast installed nearby.

He said: “Apparently the first time highways were not happy because of the size of the box, but they withdrew that and have resubmitted an application with smaller box and now they don't have a problem with it.

“We've spent thousands of pounds trying to make our pub attractive to passing trade, but can you imagine if you're on your way to the Broads or the coast and you see a mast there? It's not going to attract you in.”

Mr Turnbull, who has been landlord at the pub for almost 30 years, said phone masts were a “necessary evil” but should be built away from homes and businesses.

He also said the mast could obstruct the vision of motorists trying to leave the pub's car park on to the busy Wroxham Road.

John Bracey, a Broadland District councillor for Sprowston, said he did not want to see the mast, which is within a mile of Sparhwawk First School, near the Blue Boar pub.

“Although we're assured by the government that everything in this day and age is safe concerning these particular poles, I know there's a great deal of public agitation concerning this and people don't feel they are safe with these poles in the area,” he said.

No one from T-Mobile was available for comment.

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

Are you fighting against a mobile phone mast where you live? Call Evening News reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772439 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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