By Gillian Loney
Published on Thursday 31 May 2012 16:00
RESIDENTS from two areas of East Renfrewshire are objecting to plans by mobile giant Vodafone to build phone masts.
Crookfur primary parent council has been submitting written objections to an application made to East Renfrewshire council on May 3, which calls for permission to erect a 17.5 metre high monopole on Capelrig Road, near Crookfur primary and Eastwood high schools.
Representative of Crookfur primary parent council Ailsa Connelly told The Extra: “We’re very alarmed and have raised our objection both as a council and as individual residents.
“We’re against the close proximity to the school, and the fact that it’s not in keeping with the surrounding area.
“The fact that it’s planned near a school campus means that residents are not happy with it, and we have been giving out information to all the parents to encourage them to log on and object as well”.
As with many local authorities, East Renfrewshire council does not accept objections to phone masts based on health grounds.
While mum-of-two Ailsa — a lecturer practitioner at Glasgow Caledonian University and the Victoria Infirmary — has concerns about the health aspect, she added: “Really, it’s just about raising awareness of the innappropriateness of the proposal”.
And while objecters to the Newton Mearns plan await one result from East Renfrewshire council, another rejected bid from Vodafone has been appealed.
Clarkston residents are gearing up for another fight against a 14.8 metre phone mast for Busby Road, first submitted in November last year.
Activists won the first round of battle as the application was rejected by the council, which reasoned that it would be “detrimental to the character and amenity at this location”, and contrary to the council’s local plan.
Now, a company called Mono Consultants Limited has put in an appeal against the decision on behalf of original applicant Vodafone.
While many residents have objected to both plans, it seems that not everyone is against the introduction of more phone masts.
Commenting on The Extra’s Facebook page, one resident said: “As an avid mobile phone user, the part of Busby Road where the mast is being proposed would be welcomed with open arms”.
Another added: “The mast is no more an eye sore than the lamp posts and shops to the rear at Sheddens. This telephone mast is the least of it”.
A spokeswoman for Vodafone confirmed both the Capelrig Road bid and the appeal for Busby Road. She added: “Our customers expect to be able to use their mobiles and devices where they live, work and travel.
“Base stations are low powered devices which only cover approximately half a mile in radius and therefore we have to put base stations close to our custom