VILLAGERS who campaigned to get the plug pulled on a plan to put a mobile phone mast in the heart of a Hampshire woodland have scored a major victory.

Bishopstoke was buzzing with joy last night (Wednesday) as Eastleigh borough councillors kicked out an application to put a radio base station with 81 ft high mast in Stoke Park Wood.

It was an amazing turnabout because earlier planning officers had recommended that Hutchison 3 G (UK) should be given the go ahead.

But in less than 45 minutes the many months of campaigning, spearheaded by Guardians of Stoke Park Wood, ended in a sweet victory.

Before they took their seats members of the Bishopstoke, Fair Oak and Horton Heath Local Area Committee, had to walk past a collection of drawings by local schoolchildren who had graphically put over their own "stop the phone mast" message.

Councillor Anne Winstanley had called for the planning application to be refused on the grounds of environmental impact. There were also health concerns.

FOR the full story and reaction from last night's meeting see today's Daily Echo.