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United Kingdom Created: 10 Jul 2005
Newquay: Telecoms company wants new column

An application to install a new telecommunications column in a Cornish holiday resort is expected to be approved by Restormel Borough Council.
O2 wants to erect a 36ft (11m) works column with integrated antennas on the eastern edge of Newquay.
Newquay Town Council and nine local residents have objected to the plan over siting and health concerns.
But Restormel Borough Council has said the position of the pole will not have a detrimental effect.
Local people said they were concerned with the strength of the signal emitted from the mast. They also claimed the pole would not blend in with its
Newquay Town Council also objected to the application, saying the site was too close to housing and schools.
But the local planning authority has said it has no objections to the siting and design of the column.
BBC News website 02.08.05

An appeal against the refusal of planning permission for a 15-metre high telecommunications mast at Carbis Bay has been upheld.
Hutchinson 3G UK Ltd went to appeal after Penwith Council refused permission for the structure - incorporating three antennae, four dishes and
associated equipment - at Carninney Farm in January.
Planning inspector John Woolcock has agreed that the development can go ahead, subject to a number of conditions.
In explaining how he reached his conclusion, Mr Woolcock said he considered the main issue to be the effect of the proposal on the character
and appearance of the area.
"I have also considered the effects of the proposal on the health and amenity of local residents, and whether there are any available alternative
sites which could provide similar coverage and have less environmental impact," he commented.
Mr Woolcock conceded that the scheme would have an adverse effect on the character of the area.
But he concluded: "I am satisfied that the proposal would, as far as technically feasible, utilise a location which minimises its impact on the
character and amenity of the wider landscape, residential amenity and the setting of the settlement."
He added that there did not appear to be any available alternative sites that would provide similar coverage and have less environmental impact.
The Cornishman Cornwall 09:30 - 04 August 2005
Sitch given a Cornish pasting
Angry scenes at Tetra meeting

An O2 spokesman was blasted during a public drop-in clinic called by the company to discuss a Tetra mast.
Mawnan resident Ann Brocklehurst interrupted Peter Sitch, from telecommunications company O2 Airware, during an interview with a television crew to declare: "Wait until you drop dead".
She also stood behind him, pointed at him and chanted the Lord's Prayer. She said: "He's so rude. He's causing so many health problems we don't even know about. I am very, very upset about it, that's why I'm here. But Sitch doesn't care. He's an obnoxious character."
Mr Sitch responded by saying: "It's not for me to comment about people's balance, is it?"
The meeting, at Constantine parish hall, was called by O2 Airwave in an attempt to allay the concerns of the public, with many fearing a perceived health risk from the police radio mast. Residents have also expressed doubts over its size and appearance in an Area of Outstanding Beauty.
Two police officers were also there to put forward their views and try to convey to people the benefits the mast would bring.
Chief Inspector Jon Wotton, from the west Cornwall management team, said: "We're not here for O2, we're here to say what the benefits of the system are. The community will benefit from having a new radio system."
He added that Constantine and Zennor were the only two areas in the British Isles not using the system.
He was jointed by Inspector Mark Bolt, from Helston police station, who said: "This is my community, I'm directly responsible for it.
"I've come to offer them support and explain to them the benefits of the system."
However, some residents were unhappy about the way the drop-in clinic was being conducted.
Carmel Hannon said: "I went in, stood in the middle of the room and looked around and I was totally ignored by a group of suited gentleman - so I came out again." Others even refused to go in to the meeting, preferring to show their concerns from outside.
Richard Smith, from Mawnan Smith, said: "Why should I go in there and give them ammunition for their appeal? "Frankly I just find this exercise impertinent - it's an insult to our intelligence. Why ask us to air our concerns when it's a fait accompli?"
For full story see Helston Packet5. Date Published: Wednesday 13 July 2005
Cornwall campaigners wary of 02 Airwave bullies

Tetra mast fighters wary of O2
Anxious residents of Mawnan and Constantine were due to have their fears over Tetra masts answered last night at a public drop-in centre.
Telecommunications company O2, which is responsible for the Tetra mast currently sited at Treworval Farm near Mawnan, held the clinic at
Constantine in an attempt to allay fears over the police radio mast.
When announcing the meeting, Peter Sitch, from O2, said: "It's for people to come in and talk on a one-to-one basis.
There are many people who are obviously confused by some of the more bizarre suggestions."
One of the main causes for concern by residents is the perceived health risk from the waves that are produced by the masts.
O2 is currently appealing against an enforcement notice by Kerrier district council planning committee, following their decision to refuse
retrospective planning permission for the mast in March.
In the past Mr Sitch has described the council as "arrogant" and has said that they could be facing a very large bill.
"We're fully confident that we'll win on this appeal and that we'll also be awarded costs. We always cite costs and we always enforce costs,"
he said when the enforcement notice was served.
However, some residents believe that the meeting was only held so that the company could prove they consulted the public.
Mawnan resident Richard Smith said: "You could be forgiven for thinking this is a little bit too late. This behaviour is impertinent."
The enforcement notice is currently suspended until the outcome of the inquiry, although this could take up to a year.
Falmouth Packet 06.07.05


Time to meet Tetra company

A PUBLIC drop-in clinic is being held by mobile phone company O2 in an attempt to ease worries over the mast near Mawnan.
Peter Sitch, from O2, said that the clinic would be held in Constantine to allow residents from around the area to come and talk through their fears over the police radio mast which is currently standing at Treworval Farm.
Mr Sitch said: "It's for people to come in and talk on a one-to-one basis. There are many people who are obviously confused by some of the more bizarre suggestions. They need to have the facts put to them, rather than suggestions that have been put forward in at least one leaflet we've seen."

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