CAMPAIGNERS are calling on Solihull Council to refuse plans for another 5G phone mast to be installed.
The proposed 15-metre high mast, which would be the fourth to be installed in the borough if granted planning permission, would be located on the corner of Monkspath Hall Road and Charterhouse Drive.
Planning documents say this will be for H3G – Three – customers and would see a pole and cabinets installed on the junction.
Residents living in nearby Hillfield have spoken out against the plans saying it is positioned too close to houses as and represents a further ugly blot on Hillfield’s well planned and popular environment.
A petition has garnered more than 300 signatures.
Tim and Michele Payne said: “We are all having the wool pulled over our eyes – the public and Councils alike – the Council has had its hands tied behind its back as the Government has prevented it from considering the health issue in deciding mast planning applications.
“It is vital the Council fully engages, considers all the material provided to them and finally listens to the concerns of its residents.”
In planning documents Three said: “In these unprecedented times of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is recognised that high-speed mobile connectivity is the lifeblood of a community; facilitating educational benefits, providing access to vital services, improving communications with the associated commercial benefits for local businesses, enabling e-commerce and facilitating the increased need and demand for working from home, as well as enjoying access to social, media and gaming for leisure time activities.”
The planning application is set to be heard by the Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, September 7.
For more or to sign the petition against the mast click here.