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United Kingdom Created: 10 Jul 2005
COUNCIL SUPPORTS MOBILE MAST MAP

Plans to draw up a map showing mobile phone operators where mast applications will not be welcome in Newcastle moved a step closer last night.
The proposals received the backing of councillors at a scrutiny meeting. They were asked to consider nine recommendations put forward by the Telecommunications Working Party.
All councillors at the meeting agreed there was the need to identify designated areas for the installation of phone masts.
John Macmillan, chairman of the working party, said: "We set this party up because the current legislation didn't seem too clear.
A number of masts kept coming through consistently one after the other. We've got concerns about these masts. We want to try and do something about it."
Other recommendations which were highlighted included the impact a number of closely sited masts would have and the idea of masts sharing a site.
Conservative leader Simon Tagg said councillors should be given detailed information at planning meetings from operators who disagree with sharing sites.
After the meeting Mr Tagg said: "We want more evidence stated in planning reports to councillors for reasons why mast sharing is not an option.
The way around this is of course network roaming.
One mast could be used by all mobile users, then there's no need for all the companies to have there own mast in the area leading to multiple masts. "
Other working party recommendations were that operators should consult annually with the local planning authority, the design of masts and equipment
should fit in with the surrounding area and all applications for masts should be determined by the planning committee. The recommendations will be passed
onto the borough council's cabinet.
This is Staffordshire.- 27 July 2005
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Lichfield: Uproar at new phone mast plan

A new phone mast has been proposed in south Lichfield, The Chronicle can reveal.
T-Mobile wants to put a 12 metre mast on the corner of Shortbutts Lane and Birmingham Road to serve the south west of the city.
The mobile phone giant has investigated eight sites in south Lichfield where it considered putting masts to improve its 3G service.
The Shortbutts Lane proposal comes months after a similar plan for a mast in Sainte Foy Avenue was abandoned following criticism from residents,
councillors and developers. But Staffordshire County Councillor for Lichfield South, Terry Finn, said this proposal was not better.
"What a place to try and put it," he said. "I don't know where they are coming from."
T-Mobile said the proposed mast, on a wide grass verge adjacent to a busy road and trees, was the best of the eight options they considered in the area.
But the company revealed the site was only given an amber suitability rating under national guidelines because it was within 50 metres of people's houses.
Councillor Finn said that was too close, especially with the new 175 new home development on the former Bison Concrete site off Shortbutts Lane now
under way.
"It's extremely close to people's houses. There would be quite a few houses within 50 metres," said the county councillor.
"I think it's awful. It's the gateway to the city - it's welcome to Lichfield with a telephone mast."
"I can't understand why they have to have them so near to the houses."
Councillor Finn added that any new masts for 3G coverage should be mounted on existing poles.
Alan Begley, who formed the Boley Park Action Group to stop a planned mast in Darnford Lane, said the Shortbutts Lane proposal was "totally unacceptable" because it was near houses and King Edward VI School.
By Stuart Pollitt Litchfield and Burntwood Chronicle. Jul 22, 2005,
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MOBILE MAST APPEAL
A Planning inspector has been called in to rule whether a mobile phone mast should be installed opposite a village shop.
T-Mobile has appealed against the refusal of its application for a 12-metre mobile phone mast opposite the Spar Shop in Clayton Road, Clayton, to the
planning inspectorate.
The company made the move after borough councillors in Newcastle ignored the advice of planners to refuse permission for the mast because it would
harm the character of the area.
Mother-of-three Gillian Powell, of Lincoln Avenue, was outraged by the mast proposal, fearing possible health risks associated with the equipment.
She said her bid to keep mobile phones away from her children until they are teenagers will be defeated if the mast is put so close to their home.
Mrs Powell said: "I didn't even know they could appeal, so I was totally gob-smacked when I was told. It seems as if we've wasted our time because it
doesn't look as if the company is particularly bothered that local people don't want it. I just hope the Planning Inspectorate takes our petition into account and hopefully they'll receive some more letters of protest."
Rene Bosley, of Thirlmere Place, Clayton, organised a 291-name petition against the Clayton mast and thought she had seen the last of the plans.
She said: "I'm very disappointed. We thought that with the committee turning it down then we wouldn't have any worries over this one.
A lot of people are apathetic but the number of people who signed the petition shows the strength of feeling there is against it."
Clayton councillor Ann Heames said: "I'm not very happy about this because nobody wants the mast. I'd urge everybody to write in against it, as this
might be their only opportunity to have a say."
In making the application T-Mobile said such masts are needed to improve the service.
A company spokesman said: "T-Mobile operates a low power radio network and our base stations therefore need to be located in the areas
they are required to serve.
"Increasingly, people are also using mobiles in their homes and this means we need to position base stations in or close to residential areas.

"The site in question is in a commercial area, as far away from houses as possible in the neighbourhood.
T-Mobile is satisfied that its mobile base stations, operating within national and international guidelines, are safe and do not present health risks to
any member of the public."
* Residents can send their comments, before September 16, to the Planning Inspectorate, 3/07 Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square,
Bristol, BS1 6PN, quoting reference APP/P3420/A/05/1186362.
This is Staffordshire. EMMA FITZGERALD. 20 August 2005 . emma.fiztgerald@thesentinel.co.uk


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3 NEW PHONE MASTS

Plans for three phone masts have been given the go-ahead.
Newcastle Borough Council's planning committee last night agreed with officers' recommendations to approve the three masts and refuse a
fourth near Bradwell Lodge.
T-Mobile had resubmitted plans for a 14.7-metre pole with equipment cabinets on the pavement 75 metres from the side of the lodge, in High Street, Porthill.
It follows the refusal of a similar application made by the company in February. The plans that were approved include a proposal by Orange for
a 15-metre mast with three antennas and a microwave dish at Newcastle and Hartshill Cricket Club, in Stafford Avenue, Newcastle,
and a 20-metre pole at Bower End Farm, in Bower End, Madeley, to replace an existing 17-metre pole.
Vodafone's application to build a 12-metre mast with antennas and two cabinets at Mount Road, Kidsgrove, was also approved.
The Sentinel Newcastle. - 20 July 2005
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NEWCASTLE COUNCIL SUPPORTS MOBILE MAST MAP

Plans to draw up a map showing mobile phone operators where mast applications will not be welcome in Newcastle moved a step closer last night.
The proposals received the backing of councillors at a scrutiny meeting. They were asked to consider nine recommendations put forward by the Telecommunications Working Party.

All councillors at the meeting agreed there was the need to identify designated areas for the installation of phone masts.

John Macmillan, chairman of the working party, said: "We set this party up because the current legislation didn't seem too clear.
A number of masts kept coming through consistently one after the other. We've got concerns about these masts. We want to try and do something about it."

Other recommendations which were highlighted included the impact a number of closely sited masts would have and the idea of masts sharing a site.

Conservative leader Simon Tagg said councillors should be given detailed information at planning meetings from operators who disagree with sharing sites.

After the meeting Mr Tagg said: "We want more evidence stated in planning reports to councillors for reasons why mast sharing is not an option.
The way around this is of course network roaming. One mast could be used by all mobile users, then there's no need for all the companies to have there own mast in the area leading to multiple masts. "

Other working party recommendations were that operators should consult annually with the local planning authority, the design of masts and equipment
should fit in with the surrounding area and all applications for masts should be determined by the planning committee. The recommendations will be passed
onto the borough council's cabinet.
This is Staffordshire. - 27 July 2005
Phil Watts
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Harrowgate
02 rejected

Now phone mast battle moves to Oatlands area
A SECOND bid within months to site a mobile phone mast nearly 20ft tall on top of a building in the Oatlands area has been rejected by planners.
A 22ft tall mast had already been turned down by Harrogate Borough Council planners.
The new application by 02 (UK) Ltd at Harrogate Leisure Centre on Hammerain House at Hookstone Avenue-Beech Avenue sparked objections from residents, the Oatlands Anti-Mast Campaign and ward councillor Fred Willis (Con, Pannal).
Coun Willis said the mast would have been sited close to homes in Halstead Road, Mount Gardens and part of Hookstone Avenue.
"It would simply have towered over a number of homes and back gardens. Residents would have suffered intrusion of their residential space which would have severely impacted on regular use of their back gardens," he said.
The Oatlands Anti Mast group said some residents already lived in the shadow of several low level masts put up six years ago on Hammerain House.
If the latest application was granted,they would have a tall mast in their view each day.
The application was refused by by the council's Head of Planning Services and area planning committee chairman Coun Michael Harrison (Con Killinghall).
Coun Willis said a sensible decision had been reached.
Residents expressed the hope that 02(UK) Ltd would not consider returning with a third application for the site.
Harrowgate news

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Stafford:
Town facing masts plague

Up to six giant phone masts could soon be erected in the Stafford area, the Express & Star can reveal.
Telecommunications giant O2 has lodged plans with Stafford council for a 15-metre mast on the A34/M6 link road, near Creswell; a 12.5-metre column in Prospect Road, Littleworth, and a 17.5-metre monopole in coppice land, off Beaconside.
Applications have also been submitted for a six-metre column on land owned by Network Rail just off the A513 at Milford, near Shugborough, and a 12.5-metre mast with dish and antennae on railway land, near Holdiford Road, off Tixall Road, Milford.
The borough council has also applied to site a two-metre high mast over Stone Town Council's offices in Station Road, Stone. Angry residents and councillors in Creswell have vowed to fight plans to site what would be a fourth mast within 50 metres of their homes.
There are already three mobile phone masts on land at the Prime Point site close to the M6 at Creswell.
Seighford ward councillor Mark Winnington, who represents the area, said he was worried about research linking mobile phone masts with health problems. "This is yet another application to site a mast just 50 yards away from people's homes," he said.
"I have read a great deal of information about mobile phone masts and there is so much worrying research out there - it can't all be wrong."
Councillor Winnington said he would call the application in due to "visual impairment". "This stretch of road is a major gateway into Stafford for visitors and it would be ruined by an unsightly mast," he said.
Creswell Parish Council clerk, Tom Doubtfire, said residents would again be joining forces to fight the plans.
"There is an increasing amount of research linking mobile phone masts to health problems," he said.
Six masts already exist in and around Stafford town centre.
Three are based just metres apart on side roads just off Greengate Street.
Jul 2, 2005, 08:30 Staffordshire Express and Star

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Lichfield
Mast group warns phone giant

Protesters have declared war on a mobile phone giant after city councillors backed their campaign against erecting a towering mast near their Lichfield homes.
Members of Stowe Concerned Residents Against Masts (SCRAM) have vowed to fight until the bitter end to see T Mobile's plans for a 15-metre telecommunications pole in Eastern Avenue scrapped.
The group is one step closer to winning its battle after Lichfield City Council supported its concerns.
Members fear the mast could spark health problems among residents and pupils attending Charnwood County Primary School, Purcell Avenue, and would be an eyesore.
Campaigners have launched a high profile protest in a bid to have the controversial scheme thrown out.
They have taken to the streets to drum up support for their campaign and have now mounted a petition.
The group has also visited 170 houses surrounding the site to encourage people to send letters of objection to Lichfield District Council.
The authority will make a final decision on the scheme next month.
SCRAM Chairman David Brain said he was delighted the group had won the battle and said members would fight until it had also won the war.
"We are very pleased the council has supported our campaign and would have been very shocked if there had been any other decision.
"The site is clearly inappropriate as it is too close to houses and the school. We are determined to fight these plans and will protest until the end."
Mr Brain added: "I would urge people to write to the council highlighting their concerns over this application. We need to leave no doubt of the strength of feeling in the community - we do not want this mast."
By Michelle Hunt Jun 29, 2005,

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Stoke-on-Trent:
Phone mast plan for football club

Port Vale Football Club is to save £80,000 on the cost of a floodlight by agreeing to host a mobile telephone mast at Vale Park.
O2 wants to put up the mast attached to the new floodlight, between the Railway Paddock and Hamil Road End stands.
The telecoms company came to an agreement with the club after Stoke-on-Trent College opposed plans to upgrade a mast on its Burslem campus.
The city council has yet to rule on O2's planning application.
Ash Connor, chairman of the Port Vale Supporters Trust, told BBC News: "Attitudes to mobile phone masts have mellowed with some of the reassurances recently that they are safe.
"But there are certainly some supporters against the principle of it.
"I would certainly side with people living near the club and not want the mast."
Port Vale installs mobile mast to finance new floodlights Jun 2 2005
BBC News Online 1St June 2005

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Port Vale Football Club is adding a second mobile phone mast to its ground to help to pay for new floodlighting.
The 24-metre high mast, comprising of six antenna, will be fixed on a new 34 metre floodlight pylon at the Vale Park ground.
Permission for the 3G mast was granted yesterday by Stoke on Trent City Council Development and Control Committee.
Port Vale club secretary, Bill Lodey, said they had received no letters of complaint about mobile phone equipment already installed at the ground, or protests about their plans for more.
But a spokeswoman for campaign group Mast Sanity claimed the profusion of masts in built up regions presented health risks to vulnerable sections of society.
Mr Lodey said the club had received planning permission four years ago to install a mast at the ground but the telecommunications company involved had changed its mind.
He said O2 had "come to an agreement" with the club to part finance the cost of installing the new floodlights in return for mobile phone equipment being housed there.
" We already have equipment on the floodlight tower we are replacing. It has been with us for two years and we haven't had any adverse letters or phone calls now or in the past. There is mobile phone equipment all over the maternity hospital roof."
Birmingham Post

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BURTON.

MP JANET BACKING PHONE MAST FIGHT

BURTON’S MP has backed villagers involved in a dispute with a telecommunications company over the installation of a mobile phone mast.
Janet Dean MP has contacted phone giant 02 about the siting of a controversial mast in Stretton.
The company sparked outrage on Monday after contractors began to lay the foundations for a mast in Hillfield Lane, Stretton.
East Staffordshire Borough Council approved a planning application for the mast in January, despite more than 50 objections from residents concerned about health risks.
However at the time the firm agreed to look for an alternative site and said it would notify the council if any work was to begin. It did not do this before contractors began laying the mast’s foundations earlier this week.
Work was halted on the mast in Hillfield Lane on Tuesday and 02 said that a change of contractors meant the work had mistakenly gone ahead.
Mrs Dean said she had telephoned the chief executive of 02 on Tuesday after work had begun on the site.
She said: "I know from Councillor Ron Clarke that residents remain concerned because the company are not at the moment removing the foundations that have been installed.
"While I can understand the reluctance of

02 to remove the foundations until a new site is agreed, I have pressed 02 for reassurances. In particular, I have asked for confirmation that even though planning permission has been obtained for the Hillfield Lane site, the construction of the mast will not go ahead there, providing a suitable alternative site can be agreed."
An 02 spokesman told the Mail at the time work on the mast had been "postponed" and that workers were looking for an alternative site once more.
The spokesman said: "Unfortunately there was a change of personnel and the sites that were going to be looked at were never progressed."
Burton Mail. by NERMIN OOMER

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Stretton.
OUTRAGE AS PHONE MAST WORK BEGINS
RESIDENTS have spoken of their outrage after work to erect a mobile phone mast started yesterday – despite assurances the project was on hold.
A crowd of angry villagers gathered in Hillfield Lane after contractors began to lay the foundations for a controversial 15–metre telcommunications mast being erected by mobile phone giants O2.
East Staffordshire Borough Council approved a planning application for the mast in January, despite more than 50 objections from residents concerned about the possible health implications.
However, at the time O2 agreed to meet with residents, councillors and officers to discuss the possibility of finding an alternative site.
During the subsequent meeting the firm made more assurances that it would look for an alternative site and notify the council if any work was to begin — notification which was not received ahead of contractors starting to lay the base for the mast yesterday.
Stretton councillor Ron Clarke accused O2 of going back on its promises and vowed to do all he could to put a stop to the mast’s erection.
Council officials have also written to the firm, asking for the work to be halted.
Councillor Clarke said: "I’m just disgusted. It’s an issue that could have been resolved and avoided. Residents can be assured that I am doing everything I can to get this work stopped."
Bisbell Magnetic Products Ltd, which had originally turned down O2’s approach to site the mast at its Hillfield Lane premises, subsequently offered to allow the monopole to be built behind its factory — providing an alternative site preferred by the majority of nearby residents.
However, residents feel this option, which would have required O2 to pay rent to Bisbell, has been dismissed in favour of the original site, which appears to be owned by no–one.
Derek Ford, who lives metres from the proposed site and has been suffering from cancer for 10 years, said: "My body is now more susceptible to any other form of cancer and the phone mast is of great concern to us in view of its proximity. The National Radiological Protection Board recognises levels of radiation emissions should be lower for people with compromised health, thereby admitting the level of radiation is dangerous for someone with my condition."
A spokesman for O2 said today that the work had started because it had changed agents to deal with the erection of the mast, and the old agents had not made the new firm aware of the on–going issues."
Burton Mail. by KIM BRISCOE

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Wolverhampton:
Phone mast plans will be opposed - pledge
Mobile phone companies are being warned they will be fought all the way over the growing number of bids to erect masts close to homes and schools in Wolverhampton.
The council's three political parties are vowing to oppose all plans for masts in residential areas after mobile firms began asking councillors to support applications for aerials as tall as 15 metres.
In recent months, scores of applications have come in from companies eager to erect masts close to schools, old people's homes and even on top of a pub.
Although councillors have vowed to take a hard line with the phone companies, fears over unknown health risks are not actually a legitimate reason to refuse the applications.
Leader of the city's Conservative group Councillor Paddy Bradley said applications for masts across the city were rolling in "thick and fast".
"They haven't got the message yet but we are very definitely against them," she said.
"We are still worried they can do damage to children," adding that the mobile phone firms were wasting "time and effort" putting in applications for residential areas of Wolverhampton.
Labour councillor George Lockett hoped that a decision by planning officers last week to throw out an application for a mast in Whitburn Close in Oxley would act as a "warning" to mobile phone companies, after a petition attracted 200 signatures.
He said never again should companies be allowed to build masts close to schools - such as the one on top of Long Knowle Primary in Wednesfield.
Liberal Democrat Malc-olm Gwinnett added: "The situation at the moment is utterly ridiculous and the sooner the phone companies realise this the better."
Councillors are also highly critical of the tactics employed by T-Mobile, after private canvassing companies wrote to them on the telecommunication giant's behalf asking them to back its bids to erect phone masts. It is also believed Vodafone has used similar methods.
In just two of the city's 20 wards, Oxley and Wednesfield North, around eight masts have been proposed in this way in recent months.
Oxley Councillor Ian Brookfield said: "It looks like what they are doing is trying to win over the councillor instantly but the minute they start talking about residential areas, they need to know we are on the side of the residents."
Councillor Keith Inston, chairman of the city council's planning committee, said residents' fears were always considered when making decisions on applications.
He said the council would be "a bit more open to suggestion" when it came to applications for masts in industrial areas.
A T-Mobile spokesman defended the decision to contact councillors with proposals, saying they gave people "a better idea as to the visual appearance of the proposed development".
Wolverhampton Chronicle. Jun 16, 2005,

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