RESIDENTS in Stratford are celebrating this week after the power of
democracy defeated plans to erect a giant mobile phone mast on the road-side.
Mobile phone company Hutchison 3G-who specialise in the new so-called
third generation mobile phones-were refused planning permission to
erect a 12-metre high phone mast on the grass verge next to Evesham
Road at a meeting of the Avon area planning committee last week.
Residents of both Evesham Road and nearby Halford Road were worried
about the visual impact of having a large phone mast built so close
to their houses and also feared the health risks associated with such
structures. The committee voted to refuse planning permission on the
grounds that the structure would be "visually intrusive" on
such an important approach to the town. They also listed the
resident's fears of a health risk as grounds for refusal.
The decision has pleased residents' spokesman, Mike Perry, who led a
campaign to stop the plans going ahead.
"I'm very pleased that local democracy has appeared to work;
this was a completely inappropriate place to site a phone mast, so
close to people's homes and so visible to everyone. I hope more
appropriate places can be found to locate them in the future,"
Mr Perry and the residents had been supported by Stratford MP Job
Maples, who visited the site last month
He said: "I am pleased because think it was an inappropriate
location and it could have set a precedent to locate these masts on
the sides on roads. I hope the district council will help the
phone company find an alternative location for the mast."
Mike Dobson, spokesman for Hutchison 3G, told the Herald: "We
still need a base station in the area to provide third generation
coverage for Stratford.
It was suggested at the meeting that we should consider the nearby
cemetery for locating the mast. We are sti looking around the area,
but I cannot rule out that we may appeal against the council decision."