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Fight resumes against mast
United Kingdom Created: 20 Jan 2016
Residents are gearing up for the second time to fight against plans for a mobile phone mast site close to schools and a busy junction.

The successful No Mast Plumstead group has re-formed as a revised application, by Vodafone Limited and Telefonica UK Limited, has been submitted following the one turned down by Greenwich council at the end of last year.

The site is to be overseen by Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd (CTIL) following the two companies’ agreement to jointly run a single network grid across the UK.

The application for the site in Brewery Road at the junction with Piedmont Road, is for a ground level outside electricity sub-station with a 12.5-metre telecommunications mast, compared to one rising to 15m in the earlier application. The aim is to improve mobile coverage in the SE18 area.

But Alison Miller, from Orissa Road, told the Mercury: “We were gutted to find out a new application had been submitted for exactly the same site. We have only just patted ourselves on the back for seeing off the previous one. We are appalled - It is just the wrong place, it is close to three primary schools and will have a very serious visual impact.

“It is also a major hazard for traffic as it is right by the pavement and juts out and so it will obscure views for drivers. We find it very puzzling as it is at the lower level of a hill so we would have thought that the signal would be impacted by being overshadowed by the hill.

“It is particularly galling because the site is within 10 minutes’ walk away from lots of industrial brownfield areas which would be much more suitable."

The campaigners are highlighting that most schemes like this tend not to be on ground level but are located on high buildings out of sight.

A spokeswoman for Vodafone said: “Vodafone and O2 customers expect to be able to use their mobiles and devices where they live, work and travel.

“Base stations are low powered devices which cover approximately half a mile in radius, therefore we have to put base stations close to our customers. We have identified that we need to improve coverage in Plumstead and have proposed a new base station at Brewery Road.”
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Source: South London Press, Mandy Little, 19 Jan 2016

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