Families fear cell tower poses health risk


RESIDENTS have objected to plans to put up a mobile phone mast near their homes.

O2 and Vodafone have submitted a scheme to Stoke-on-Trent City Council to install equipment on land owned by Asplins to the rear of 39 Twigg Lane, Bucknall.

But neighbours of the site fear the 15-metre mast, with six antennas, will have an impact on property values and potentially pose a health risk.

Trevor Roberts, of Dividy Road, said: “I feel that this is unsightly and would devalue my property. I am also concerned about health hazards associated with these masts.”

Lena Vincent, also of Dividy Road, raised concerns about increased anti-social behaviour, extra noise and visual impact.

She added: “I do not know how a 1.8 metre fence is going to hide a 15 metre mast. Mind you, with the price of metal these days, some individual might take a shine to it and dismantle it for scrap.”

David Batkin, of Dividy Road, said the scheme would have a “devastating” impact on the area. He added: “After viewing several masts in the local area, this site proposal seems situated in a totally unsatisfactory position in regards to many issues, primarily in a high residential area on a small commercial plot.”

But a document supporting the application states: “The proposed height and design represents the best compromise between the visual impact of the mast on the surrounding area and meeting the operators’ technical coverage requirements.”

Sites in Dividy Road, Beveley Drive and Arbourfield Drive were considered but ruled out as inappropriate or because the owners were not interested.


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