Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Anger at mast application

AN APPLICATION to install a phone mast on a busy housing estate in Dunston, Gateshead, has met with an angry response from residents and local Liberal Democrat campaigners.

The application to install the mast next to the Masonic Hall on Holmside Avenue has sparked a petition that was signed by over 100 people over the weekend.

The petition is being coordinated by resident Christine Craig who asked Lib Dem councillors to help defeat the plans.

Councillor Peter Maughan is leading the battle on the Council to have the application rejected.

“People here are very concerned about having a mast built right next to their homes,” said Christine. “There must be better locations than in a busy housing estate.”

Lib Dem campaigner for Dunston and Teams, Michael Ruddy, said, “Mobile phone companies need to be much more sensitive about where they locate masts. This seems to be too close to the homes of a great many people.”
Photo: Councillor Peter Maughan with Kirsty Craig and mum Christine outside the Masonic Hall on Holmside Avenue, Dunston, where an application has been lodged to build a phone mast.

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