Mum’s fears over phone mast plans

a MOTHER-of-two has voiced her concerns after a telecommunications giant earmarked two sites in Belper as possible locations for mobile phone masts.

Midwife Helen Grimwade said she was shocked and dismayed to get a letter through the post from a company acting on behalf of Telefonica O2 Ltd/Vodafone Limited.

It detailed a ‘pre-application’ consultation for a proposed provision of a mast on a grass verge on the east side of Park Road, fronting the Park pub.

Mrs Grimwade, who has two sons aged 13 and five, also said she had been told of a similar proposition for a recreation ground at Far Laund in the town.

Amber Valley Borough Council confirmed both pre-applications were true and that a consultation period where residents could object to the plans was finishing today, January 26.

Vodafone/O2, which is behind both moves, propose to install the following if given the go ahead: ‘a slimline 13.8-metre high streetworks telecommunications structure which will facilitate mast sharing; a small scale ancillary radio equipment cabinet; a minor ancillary development’.

Mrs Grimwade, who lives in the Old Police House on Park Road, said: “I absolutely object to this proposal and it is something I strongly believe in.

“Why are they picking on this area?

“It is close to Herbert Strutt Primary School and is highly-populated with young families.

“Children will climb on it so there could be accidents.

“It will encourage vandalism.

“And would they consider Duffield or Holbrook? No! They are too affluent and too challenging.

“I have spoken to my neighbours and they were shocked to hear about the proposal. I want people to be given a chance to object.”

A spokesman for the borough council said the process was very much in its infancy.

He said: “It is a pre-application consultation. It is a very standard thing they do.

“They are asking for the thoughts of local people. There has been no formal planning application.”

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