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VIDEO: Meir residents win 17-year fight to remove phone mast blamed for cancer deaths
United Kingdom Created: 17 Feb 2017
VIDEO: Meir residents win 17-year fight to remove phone mast blamed for cancer deaths
This towering 82ft high mobile phone mast has finally been removed - after a 17-year battle by residents.
Shooters Hill Association a group of neighbours in Meir has spent thousands of pounds, sent hundreds of letters, visited Westminster and staged peaceful protests to try to get the eyesore dismantled.
The Orange mast was erected in 1993 and the association was set up in 2000 when residents found out the tower had been erected without proper consultation.
Families have always suspected there could be a link between cancer deaths in the area and the phone mast which could be seen from as far as a mile away.
It has emerged power to the mast was removed two years ago - and the tower has now been dismantled.
The association had three aims - register Shooters Hill as a village green, remove a concrete compound which was blocking a footpath, and dismantle the 'unsightly and intrusive' mast.
Association spokeswoman Jean Hopkins, from Cherrywood Grove, Meir, said: "The mast was put up without any notification or consultation to the public. Residents didn't know anything about it until it appeared.
"It has been a very long, difficult and frustrating task which has even seen us go to the House of Commons. But despite the obstacles we have had to overcome, the three aims have now been achieved. We have never given up. On one occasion we all stood outside the reservoir and the police were sent to remove us.
"I was told that the mast would come down in September last year, then that it would be just after Christmas. It means a lot to the association to see all our hard work has paid off."
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Source: Stoke Sentinel/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

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