BELPER’S MP has launched a petition against a proposed phone mast in the town.
Pauline Latham has responded to the fury of people opposed to a mast being sited on the corner of Laund Nook and Marsh Lane.
The mast, proposed by mobile phone giants O2 and Vodafone, gained planning permission from Amber Valley Borough Council in March.
But residents are still fighting the plans because they do not want it sited next to a children’s play area or near to St John’s Primary School.
In light of the proposal, Tory Mrs Latham has written to the planning department at the council in order to raise her concerns on behalf of the vast number of constituents who had contacted her on the matter.
In addition, she has written to 02 and Vodafone in an attempt to stall progress and allow time for more consultation to take place with local people.
The latest phase of her campaign is the petition to the House of Commons, in which the concerns of the people residing within the Mid-Derbyshire constituency are raised.
The petition also urges the Government to consider the rapidly-advancing technology of telecommunications masts as indicative of the need for the constant reassessment of the health and planning implications of such masts. Mrs Latham will present the petition to the House of Commons later this year.
She said: “I am thrilled to have launched the latest stage of this important local campaign.
“I have been contacted by large numbers of local people on this planning application, who have a number of extremely valid concerns – which I share.
“As an MP, the decision of whether this mast should be allowed is not mine to make but I hope the companies involved will take into account the public opposition and consider changing their minds.
“I will do all that I can to encourage a u-turn on this proposal.”
For a copy of the petition, visit www.paulinelatham.co.uk.