Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Whickham phone masts rejected

Fellside Rd mast site Aug 11

Two phone masts planned for Whickham in Gateshead have been rejected by the Council’s planning committee after campaigns by local Lib Dem councillors and residents.

Vodaphone and 02 wanted to put the masts at the junction of Broom Lane and Whaggs Lane and at the top of Leasyde Walk in Fellside Park. Both locations were close to people’s homes.

Councillors on the planning committee rejected both applications on Wednesday 17th August. Two petitions opposing each application had been handed in to the Council.

Councillor Peter Maughan, who helped residents campaign against the planning applications, said, “Residents asked us to help run the petitions as they were concerned about these masts being too close to people’s homes.

“These big phone companies cannot expect to ride roughshod over people. I was angry they had submitted these applications as the same companies put in almost exactly the same plans earlier this year which were rejected by the planning committee in April.

“These phone companies don’t seem to want to take ‘No!’ as an answer. Hopefully they will now let residents live in peace.”

Photo above: site on Fellside Road, Whickham, where councillors have rejected plans for a phone mast.

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