Residents unhappy to plans to make phone mast bigger

Daily Echo: Residents unhappy to plans to make phone mast bigger Residents unhappy to plans to make phone mast bigger

IT already dwarfs their homes.

Now residents in a leafy Southampton community face the prospect of a controversial phone mast being made even higher.

Scores of residents in Bassett have signed letter of objection against plans by Vodafone and O2 to heighten a phone mast in Bassett Green Close to 15 metres, extra phone exchange boxes on the pavement.

A controversial 12.5 metre phone mast has been in place at the site since 2012, when Southampton City Council were not able to prove that they had sent out a letter of refusal to Telefonica UK in time, leaving residents “livid”.

‘Miserly’ Now North East Bassett Residents’ Association chairman Barry Smith has branded the firm “miserly” after they submitted their plans.

He said: “We were annoyed with the first mast, now they have come with another application. If they were to put it just across the road in among the trees, we would have no objection to it. We’re not against it. We just don’t want it where they want it.

“The people who live nearby are elderly people. How would you feel if something 15 metres high was over your garden? The nearest garden is only six feet away. That’s surely an intrusion.”

Already 129 people have signed letters of objection saying that the mast would not be in keeping with the area.

Self-employed company director Matthew Donovan lives three doors down and is concerned for his elderly neighbours.

He said: “It’s the company saying ‘Now we’ve got our foot in the door, we have got a mast up, we’re going to put up a bigger one and more stuff on the street’.

“Once they’re there they’ll use the argument that because one is there already we can’t object to this one.

“It’s low-level properties around here. By adding that extra few metres to the mast you would be able to see it from miles around.

“It’s stressful it’s a lot more worrying for the elderly residents.”

Gary Davey, a self-employed wholesaler, said: “I just don’t think it’s in a particularly good place.

“I thought 12.5 metres was pretty high, 15 metres is higher again. I think it’s pretty unsightly and out of keeping to the adjacent property.”

In 2012 the city council said it posted a first-class letter confirming a planning refusal decision within a 56-day deadline and issued stop and enforcement notices when Telefonica started to put up the mast.

However, a planning inspector said the council had no proof, such as a recorded delivery, that the refusal notice been received by Telefonica within the legal timeline and overturned the decision an appeal, allowing the mast to go up.

Telefonica UK was unavailable for comment.

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6:17am Tue 15 Apr 14

SotonNorth says...

It's a phone mast. Some of these residents must live very sheltered lives if they consider a phone mast to be "stressful". I would bet 95% of the people objecting to the mast own mobile phones anyway, and I bet 100% of these people have some form of data connectivity at home.
It's a phone mast. Some of these residents must live very sheltered lives if they consider a phone mast to be "stressful". I would bet 95% of the people objecting to the mast own mobile phones anyway, and I bet 100% of these people have some form of data connectivity at home. SotonNorth
  • Score: 8

6:36am Tue 15 Apr 14

SotonGreen says...

There is this little annoying phenomenon called physics which drives where masts need to go and how high they need to be. The O2 3G signal in Bassett is awful and this would improve it. I am all for this proposal.
There is this little annoying phenomenon called physics which drives where masts need to go and how high they need to be. The O2 3G signal in Bassett is awful and this would improve it. I am all for this proposal. SotonGreen
  • Score: 10

7:39am Tue 15 Apr 14

St.Winch70 says...

I hope the residents are able to win and ensure the appropriate sighting of this mast. At some point you have to say no to tech firms, developers, utility companies and the like, they can't simply proceed to the detriment of people's home and social environments.
I hope the residents are able to win and ensure the appropriate sighting of this mast. At some point you have to say no to tech firms, developers, utility companies and the like, they can't simply proceed to the detriment of people's home and social environments. St.Winch70
  • Score: -4

8:00am Tue 15 Apr 14

draward says...

Totally for it but in fairness why can it not be disguised as a street light or paint it to blend in a little more. The picture makes it look like a wood pole - people moan for the sake of moaning and it certainly wouldn't cause me distress.... move on.
Totally for it but in fairness why can it not be disguised as a street light or paint it to blend in a little more. The picture makes it look like a wood pole - people moan for the sake of moaning and it certainly wouldn't cause me distress.... move on. draward
  • Score: 5

8:20am Tue 15 Apr 14

Ozmosis says...

It appears to be at a corner of a road junction - seems a good enough location to me. If you have poor reception at home (like I do) then I think it would be a different story entirely
It appears to be at a corner of a road junction - seems a good enough location to me. If you have poor reception at home (like I do) then I think it would be a different story entirely Ozmosis
  • Score: 8

8:39am Tue 15 Apr 14

bigfella777 says...

Get a 4x4 and pull it down simple. Nobody saw it happen
Get a 4x4 and pull it down simple. Nobody saw it happen bigfella777
  • Score: -7

8:54am Tue 15 Apr 14

ecuk268 says...

Gary Davey's no fool is he?

He's worked out that 15 metres is higher than 12.5.
Gary Davey's no fool is he? He's worked out that 15 metres is higher than 12.5. ecuk268
  • Score: 5

9:35am Tue 15 Apr 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

The snobs of Bassett want good signal for their mobile phones but at the same time are opposed to the presence of a proper phone mast. NIMBY Brigade
The snobs of Bassett want good signal for their mobile phones but at the same time are opposed to the presence of a proper phone mast. NIMBY Brigade Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 7

11:11am Tue 15 Apr 14

From the sidelines says...

St.Winch70 wrote:
I hope the residents are able to win and ensure the appropriate sighting of this mast. At some point you have to say no to tech firms, developers, utility companies and the like, they can't simply proceed to the detriment of people's home and social environments.
I know, let's move all the phone masts and other utilities from Winch70's area and stick them in a field far from anywhere.

Then wait for him to ring up and complain.

BTW, it's 'siting', not 'sighting'.
[quote][p][bold]St.Winch70[/bold] wrote: I hope the residents are able to win and ensure the appropriate sighting of this mast. At some point you have to say no to tech firms, developers, utility companies and the like, they can't simply proceed to the detriment of people's home and social environments.[/p][/quote]I know, let's move all the phone masts and other utilities from Winch70's area and stick them in a field far from anywhere. Then wait for him to ring up and complain. BTW, it's 'siting', not 'sighting'. From the sidelines
  • Score: 1

11:52am Tue 15 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

I am not a techy type, but wouldn't putting it in the middle of a load of trees affect the signal, I know out of control Leylandia mucks my Sky signal up when it rains!
I am not a techy type, but wouldn't putting it in the middle of a load of trees affect the signal, I know out of control Leylandia mucks my Sky signal up when it rains! OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 2

12:11pm Tue 15 Apr 14

solentsunseeker says...

This is called progress in the 21st century - bet was the same when gas lamps were changed for electric lights. There won't be a string of people hanging off the mast peering into gardens and houses. NIMBY's, had the same argument from a local councillor about a mast on Lordshill Way the other week. These masts are needed for the 4G upgrade which the govt sold to mobile phone providers and for which they have coverage targets to meet.
This is called progress in the 21st century - bet was the same when gas lamps were changed for electric lights. There won't be a string of people hanging off the mast peering into gardens and houses. NIMBY's, had the same argument from a local councillor about a mast on Lordshill Way the other week. These masts are needed for the 4G upgrade which the govt sold to mobile phone providers and for which they have coverage targets to meet. solentsunseeker
  • Score: 1

12:19pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Bagamn says...

It's just another street ornament for their dogs to pee on. They bare just not thinking straight.
It's just another street ornament for their dogs to pee on. They bare just not thinking straight. Bagamn
  • Score: 0

12:57pm Tue 15 Apr 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

Never mind the poles. What about those pesky birds that sometimes fly way more than 15 metres above the ground? Have 'em all shot, that's what I say.

Also, if you want to enlist public sympathy it's better not to have your photo taken while wearing red trousers. Tactical error.
Never mind the poles. What about those pesky birds that sometimes fly way more than 15 metres above the ground? Have 'em all shot, that's what I say. Also, if you want to enlist public sympathy it's better not to have your photo taken while wearing red trousers. Tactical error. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: 1

3:21pm Tue 15 Apr 14

forest hump says...

These people need to seriously consider getting a real life.
These people need to seriously consider getting a real life. forest hump
  • Score: 0

7:25pm Tue 15 Apr 14

St.Winch70 says...

From the sidelines wrote:
St.Winch70 wrote:
I hope the residents are able to win and ensure the appropriate sighting of this mast. At some point you have to say no to tech firms, developers, utility companies and the like, they can't simply proceed to the detriment of people's home and social environments.
I know, let's move all the phone masts and other utilities from Winch70's area and stick them in a field far from anywhere.

Then wait for him to ring up and complain.

BTW, it's 'siting', not 'sighting'.
That's a well thought out response. Ever heard of compromise? Why should it be a one-sided argument? But hey if your happy to simply let the business types that I mentioned in my previous post do as they wish with no challenge, then that's up to you. Other people aren't quite so submissive and compliant.
Telcos and utility companies post huge profits year on year, maybe they should re-invest a little more of those profits into further R&D.......
'NIMBY' is an easy term to throw around when you really have no care for your own or others' environment.
Thanks for the correction also.
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St.Winch70[/bold] wrote: I hope the residents are able to win and ensure the appropriate sighting of this mast. At some point you have to say no to tech firms, developers, utility companies and the like, they can't simply proceed to the detriment of people's home and social environments.[/p][/quote]I know, let's move all the phone masts and other utilities from Winch70's area and stick them in a field far from anywhere. Then wait for him to ring up and complain. BTW, it's 'siting', not 'sighting'.[/p][/quote]That's a well thought out response. Ever heard of compromise? Why should it be a one-sided argument? But hey if your happy to simply let the business types that I mentioned in my previous post do as they wish with no challenge, then that's up to you. Other people aren't quite so submissive and compliant. Telcos and utility companies post huge profits year on year, maybe they should re-invest a little more of those profits into further R&D....... 'NIMBY' is an easy term to throw around when you really have no care for your own or others' environment. Thanks for the correction also. St.Winch70
  • Score: 0

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