Tetra masts must come down by end of week
Installer of the controversial Tetra system, Airwave MMO2, has been warned
it has a week to remove two masts in the New Forest put up without
planning permission. New Forest District Council sent a letter to the
company stating that it may remove the towers itself if O2 does not
act by next Friday.
O2 had two months to comply with enforcement notices on sites at Home
Farm, Dibden, and Margarets Mead Farm, Fritham, after dropping an
appeal. District Council principal planning officer Steve Avery
cautioned that failure to remove the towers would be an offence and
legal action would be taken. "This legal action could either
take the form of initiating summary proceedings at the magistrates
court or the Council invoking its 'work in default' powers by taking 'direct
action'", he reported.
Dibden Residents Against Tetra (DRAT) was formed to oppose the masts
at Home Farm, which is near three schools. Health worries were raised
by the group and it's leaders have vowed to alert other residents if
a transmitter appears on their doorsteps. A demonstration is also
being planned for next Saturday if the tower has not been removed.
"They are working for the police force and actively breaking the
law of the land. We are becoming more and more annoyed it is still
there. We are concerned that after the deadline it could still be
there. If the legal action is drawn out it could still be
transmitting" said joint chairman of DRAT, Barrie Slipper.
When contacted by the "A&T" about the removal date and
planned demonstration, O2 spokesperson Peter Sitch stated it was
"a matter between us and our landlord" and put the phone
down before other questions could be asked.