Locals concerned controversial 5g mast will ‘ruin’ area

Locals concerned controversial 5g mast will ‘ruin’ area

One in and one out for the controversial 5G mast eyed for Grimsby borough.

Cleethorpes residents previously objected to an ‘ugly’ 5G mast to be installed outside The Trawlerman pub, on North Sea Lane. The objections stated it would negatively impact the local area and would have been the second mast along the road.

Locals cited the effect the mast could have on people’s health, though Three has said no harmful levels of radiation would be emitted.

An objection on the planning portal said: “I wish to strongly object to this antenna so close to my home. This is a mainly low-level building area consisting mainly off retirement bungalows.

“This antenna will be detrimental to the aesthetic look and is not in keeping with the area.” She also objected on the grounds of there not being enough research to see whether or not the masts harm people’s health. “Also, not enough research has been done to provide a firm opinion with the ongoing long-term effects of the health of those living close by.

“A more suitable place is nearby land that is currently unused on the old Pleasure Island site.” The notion of their being a better location was echoed by other residents like Graham Platts.

He explained: “I don’t think it suitable for such an ugly monstrosity to be placed so close to a residential area and opposite a holiday centre. Apart from the ugly blot it will be on the landscape, I would just like to raise my concerns of the danger that it may cause to our health.

“Would you or any of the committee involved want it a few yards away from your homes? I don’t think so.

“Surely there are more suitable places away from residential areas, such as land around the former Pleasure Island or the golf course for example. I hope these plans will be stopped and reconsidered.”

The other objection on the planning application came from Paul Daddy of King Mews. He said there are far more suitable places in Cleethorpes for the mast. “I do not normally write in but I feel very strongly in this matter.

“I live nearby to this planned phone mast application. Where I live is full of young children, families and very proud, upstanding members of the public, working hard for a living.”

He added: “There is plenty of land nowhere near residential houses where this type of application can proceed. I hope you find it in your hearts to reject this application we certainly do not want this monstrosity around here.”

In relation to these objections, a Three UK spokesperson said: “Access to 5G has a vital role to play in boosting local economies, helping residents and businesses get faster and more reliable network coverage. This is why we’re working with North East Lincolnshire Council to roll out the UK’s fastest 5G network so that we can keep everyone in Cleethorpes connected both now and in the future.

“We are aware that there have been some concerns raised. However, from a health and safety perspective, 5G deployment is no different to any other mobile technology. All generations of mobile technology used by Three comply with guidelines to ensure that no harmful levels of radiation are emitted.”

“As a responsible company, we take our obligation to run a safe network very seriously and actively work to ensure that our network remains compliant with international guidelines.”

In the proposal for the ‘Proposed telecommunications installation’, it includes an ‘18.0m Phase 8 Monopole C/W wrapround Cabinet at base and associated ancillary works’.

The proposal, by CK Hutchinson Networks, via WHP Telecoms Ltd, intends to construct the mast on land ‘East of Grimsby Road, North East Lincolnshire.

This prior approval application seeks consent for a monopole mast (with wrap around cabinet) and associated works some 18m in height with three associated cabinets. The mast would be galvanised and all cabinets will be painted green, with the Parish Council giving their support.

The application has been given ‘Prior approval under Part 16, Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning’, which has granted for the mast and associated equipment ‘in accordance with the following plans and details.’

However, some residents have hit back on the planning portal:

‘Why ruin a perfectly normal area of green belt area with a large 18mtr mast when there is a perfectly situated telecoms building within 800 yards, surely these company’s can work together to collate the technology!’ one said.

On the planning portal, another said the proposal for a 18m high mobile telephone mast will be ‘opposite existing private dwellings and right next to a proposed new housing development and therefore in an inappropriate place . Concern as to the impact upon the residents and their families both short and long term with regard to any unknown potential health issues from this proposal is a worry

In addition this would create an eye sore to the landscape in an area known for being a well kept and enjoyable place to bring up families.’ they said.

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