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Derbyshire RESIDENTS' FURY OVER MAST PLANS
Residents say that they are furious about plans to put up a second mobile phone mast close to their homes.
Alvaston residents are fighting plans by mobile phone company O2 to install a 15-metre-high mast and two equipment cabins at the junction of
Holbrook Road and Boscastle Road.
The application, which has been submitted to Derby City Council, comes days after T-Mobile put up a 12.2-metre mast and three cabins just metres away,
in Holbrook Road at its junction with Holt Avenue.
Nicole Berrisford (43), of Holt Avenue, fears that the masts will pose a health risk, as well as being visually intrusive, which will eventually lead to
a devaluation of properties in the area.
Along with her neighbours, she also thinks that the area is becoming far too cluttered with too much street furniture.
She said: "I'm going to do a flyer informing people about O2. I'm trying to call a meeting, organise a petition and, if necessary, a rally.
"I think it's getting beyond a joke now.
"Our main concern is that it's directly on a route to Oakwood Infant and Junior schools and Noel-Baker Community School.
"There could be health risks and it will devalue the houses. No-one wants to buy a house near a phone mast and there'll be two here."
Frank Berridge (53), of Holbrook Road, says that the area is already blighted by graffiti and feels that the new addition will only worsen the problem.
He said: "These masts are near old people's homes and on a main school route.
"For old people, if they can't see very well, they're also going to be more obstacles for them."
Pamela Robinson (60), also of Holbrook Road, said: "It's getting really cluttered. Everything's here and it's just awful.
"They'll get daubed by graffiti and it'll make the street look ugly. There's just too much clutter."
A council spokeswoman said that the application did not require planning permission but the company was required to inform the council, which then
has 56 days to agree to its siting and design
Derbyshire Evening Telegraph. BY KAREN HOLT. - 26 August 2005
Derbyshire SCHOOL MAY ACT ON MAST MUDDLE
Governors at a Normanton school could take action over mobile phone masts which have been installed nearby.
The issue has been brought to people's attention after Derby City Council granted permission for mobile phone provider O2 to put up a 75m tower with
three antennae on the roof of New Normanton Mills, in Stanhope Street, on July 29.
The two-storey building, which contains factories, already has two towers and three antennae for telecoms equipment.
Campaigners say that new guidelines concerning notification of schools should have been taken into account before the latest decision was made.
But the planning department said it did notify the correct people, sending out 108 letters to residential properties within 90m and schools within 200m.
These included Hardwick Primary School, in Hastings Street, which the council said was sent a letter on July 5.
But parents were not informed of the plans because the school's head teacher and governing body say they never received the letter.
Head teacher Sushma Sehmbi said: "I wasn't aware of it. Had we known we would have informed our parents. Stanhope Street is very close to the
"If masts are close to the school and they are a risk then it does concern us.
"When we go back to school after the summer holiday we will take up the issue with the governors.
They could consider whether they want to take it up with the council.
"We will let the parents know by writing to them."
School governor Andrea Luscombe (38), who has a nine-year-old son, Lee Russell, at the school, said:
"It's quite concerning that the mast is so close to the school, when there could be health risks.
"I didn't even know there were any masts there."
Ms Luscombe, of St James' Road, said the issue of mobile phone masts would be considered by the governors.
Dorothy Skrytek, of Crewe Street, said that under the latest information from the Stewart Report on mobile phone and health produced by the
Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones, school governors should be consulted on proposals for masts near schools.
"As far as I know there was no consultation. I sent out leaflets through people's doors letting them know, but the council had already granted permission."
An O2 spokesman added: "All of O2's mobile phone masts operate well within international safety guidelines."
Derbyshire Evening Telegraph. BY PAULA FENTIMAN. - 24 August 2005
SCIENTISTS MUST SETTLE THIS DEBATE
Chellaston Residents' Association member Philip Ingall may well be raising a whole host of unfounded
objections to plans for a new mobile phone mast in his suburb (Opinion, Page 4).
Or he could be highlighting a potentially deadly danger to his family, his neighbours and future generations.
The point is, we haven't a clue what the situation is.
The months and years go by, and every application for a phone mast, be it in city, village or countryside, is
met with concern, anger and general opposition from people in the neighbourhood.
And this totally unsatisfactory state of affairs will remain the case until we get an assurance from an unbiased
and credible scientific source that no health risk is posed by the radio waves which these things emit.
The Government's Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation carried out three years of research into possible harmful effects.
Its report came out 19 months ago. It stated it could find no evidence to justify health fears - but then clambered back on to the fence by announcing more research was needed before any final conclusions could be reached.
And in that state of limbo we remain.
So, regardless of whether these phone masts are 12, 15 or 30 metres high, or if they are disguised as a petrol station sign or a Christmas tree, the objections will continue.
Resolve the health-risk debate, and then the siting of these masts can become a straightforward planning issue.
Derbyshire Evening Telegraph. - 23 August 2005
RESIDENTS ANGRY AT DISGUISED MAST PLAN
A Mobile phone firm has angered residents by proposing to erect a telecommunications mast disguised as a telegraph pole.
Neighbours believe the Vodafone mast would be put in a bad position, despite its disguise, as they are worried about the health implications.
The timber-clad mast is planned for land near Ladywood Primary School, Oliver Road, Kirk Hallam, and residents are worried as it will be near homes
on Goole Avenue and Queen Elizabeth Way.
Goole Avenue resident Derek Espie said: "It's very close to the school and we're all worried."
Vodaphone said the 12-metre high aerial is needed to improve their service. Officials have written to the school as well as local people and they
said there are no health dangers.
A spokeswoman said: "Our job is to have a balance between making sure we minimise visual impact and still provide a service to local people."
Derbyshire Evening Telegraph. 20 August 2005
Residents protest against the masts
Residents in Derby have staged a march against plans for two new mobile phone masts in their communities.
They walked between the war memorial on Shelton Lock Green and the Red Lion pub in Chellaston.
Protestors said the masts for Vodaphone were going to be positioned in inappropriate places close to the junior school and the war memorial.
Planning permission has been granted for the firm to erect a mast on the junction of Derby Road and the Parkway.
The second site on the green has yet to be given approval.
The residents were joined on their march by the South Derbyshire MP, Mark Todd.
BBC i 30.07.05
MAST PROTEST ON THE MARCH
An action group opposed to plans for a mobile phone mast will parade through the streets of Chellaston and Allenton this weekend to highlight its cause.
The Mast Action Committee, part of Chellaston Residents' Association, is fighting plans for a Vodafone mast at the junction of Parkway and Derby Road,
outside the Red Lion pub.
Vodafone has already been given the go-ahead by Derby City Council for the 12-metre mast as it did not need full planning permission because it was
less than 15 metres high.
Now protesters have discovered that Vodafone is planning to apply to the city council for prior approval for another 12-metre mast in Merrill Way,
Allenton, near the War Memorial Village.
On Saturday they are taking to the streets to protest against the proposed Allenton mast and to try to stop the Chellaston mast.
The protesters are meeting on the green at the War Memorial Village at 10am and will set off from there at 10.30am, travel along Chellaston Road
and Derby Road to reach the Red Lion pub at 11.30am.
The protesters are appealing for a marching band and cheerleaders to join in to help them make some noise and marshals to help it run smoothly.
Mast Action Committee member Philip Ingall, of St Peter's Road, Chellaston, said: "We want to show Vodafone that we're growing and we'll fight any
application that's made in an unsuitable location.
"The parade will cause some traffic disruption and I am sorry for that. Don't blame us, blame Vodafone for proposing to build masts in unsuitable locations."
Earlier this month the committee held a protest outside Chellaston Junior School, in Maple Drive, to warn parents about the mast in Chellaston.
But Vodafone said it would still continue with the plans.
The mast would be about 100m away from the junior school and 200m from Chellaston Infant School, in School Lane.
200 people have signed a petition against the mast.
A Vodafone spokeswoman confirmed that the company was consulting ward councillors about the site in Allenton.
The mast would be for both 2G and 3G technology to improve coverage for voice calls as well as new technology such as picture messaging.
She added: "There is a tentative proposal for a mast at that site.
Now is the time for people to give us their views."
Derbyshire Telegraph. BY SUZANNE HARROP. - 26 July 2005
TOUGH STANCE CERTAIN TO BE CHALLENGED
New city council leader Chris Williamson has now adopted the most aggressive stance against mobile phone masts yet seen from
within our corridors of power.
The Labour chief says he has instructed the authority's legal department to explore what measures are open to residents to fight planning
applications from mobile phone companies.
He wants to show protesting residents "that they have the support of the city council" - a remarkable blanket commitment.
It will raise a few eyebrows because, up and down the land, planning officers have been sadly shaking their heads and saying that
regulations leave them powerless to oppose plans for masts which are under 15 metres high.
If that is indeed the law of the land, then Mr Williamson may have to restrict his fight to the higher masts.
And, even then, he can expect to be challenged to name the sites within the city which he would deem acceptable as mast sites.
For, however electorally- damaging that would be, these things have to be put up somewhere if millions of people are to enjoy the benefit of
their mobile phones.
Of course, if scientists were able to unequivocally answer the question which has been troubling people for years - do masts pose a health risk?
- the issue would become more clear-cut.
If the answer is yes, then it is back to the drawing board and people would just have to find some other means of annoying fellow bus and train
passengers and dicing with death behind the steering wheels of their cars.
And if they are given a clean bill of health, we'll just have to accept the phone masts as an unsightly but necessary evil.
Unless, that is, Mr Williamson is prepared to risk the wrath of Derby's phone-users and insist he is going to block all plans for masts...
Derbyshire Telegraph. 09:30 - 01 August 2005
Codnor: Residents say mast should go
CODNOR residents are demanding that a mobile telephone mast is taken down.
Planning permission for the mast near Codnor Market Place expired last year, but the 15ft pole is still standing.
An application to renew planning permission for the mast until December 2009 was made at the end of last year, but councillors deferred making a decision until further investigations had been carried out.
Now seven months later, no decision has been made and residents are calling for the mast to come down.
This week Amber Valley Borough Council said they were still looking into the legality of the mast remaining on the site.
Angry Mill Lane resident Shelia Jackson said: "It shouldn't take this long, it's taking forever to get the mast down."
At the planning meeting in November, councillors related back to a planning application approved earlier in the year for a trellis mast on the same site.
Councillors believed when they approved the trellis mast that it would reduce the number of individual masts on the site as mast sharing was possible.
However, phone company O2 claimed mast sharing was not an option, stating: "The lattice tower is not capable of supporting a third operator without further redevelopment."
Amber Valley's planning executive, Robert Reid, supported the deferral of the decision, adding: "There is merit in investigating whether the phone operators can go together on the new trellis mast."
Jessop Street resident Cliff Jones is angry with the delay, he said: "They are just dragging their feet. The mast should have been taken down months ago. We want it down and down now.
"Decisions about mast sharing should have been sorted before the lattice tower was granted planning permission."
The Derbyshire Times. By Stephen Sinfield. 16 June 2005
Voters say 'no' to mast
People power looks set to cut off plans for a controversial mobile mast near homes in a mid-Derbyshire village.
Orange has planning permission from NE Derbyshire District Council to site a mast only 300 metres from a school in Wessington at Nethergreen Farm, Moorwood Moor Lane.
But after protests from villagers the landowners – four members of the Eason family – decided to put the matter to a public vote.
Fifty locals turned up at the Three Horseshoes Pub for a referendum on whether the mast should go ahead – and landlord Scott Brown said the answer was a resounding 'no'.
Mr Brown said: "The Easoms have been very good about this. They have said they will consider the views of the villagers.
"But they can't get back to us this week as they are silaging and cannot stop. We understand that, they have a business to run. We hope to hold a meeting with them very soon."
Last month Mr Brown vowed to leave the village if the 17m mast, with six antennae and four microwave dishes, was erected. He and other villagers were worried that the radiowaves were a health risk to the children.
Villagers were asked to vote whether to support the original plan, to choose from sites 400, 500 or 700 metres away from the school and village green or to decide not to have a mast at all. The villagers voted to do without a mast altogether.
Orange has planning permission from NEDDC to site the mast in the original position.
They and the landowners came up with a second possible site for the mast, the 400 metres option, but this has also been turned down by the villagers.
A spokeswoman for Orange said the mast conformed to strict government guidelines and no link between masts and ill-health had been established.
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