Phone mast appeal victory for residents

NILABE100906c1, Ilkeston Oakham way residents not happy about plans for mobile mast where they stand.
NILABE100906c1, Ilkeston Oakham way residents not happy about plans for mobile mast where they stand.

AN APPEAL by telecoms giants Vodafone and O2 has been dismissed after a planning inspector backed residents’ views.

The mobile phone providers had wanted to build a mast on Wardlow Road but Erewash Borough Council’s planning committee refused the application because of visual amenity.

They said the street would be too cluttered if the mast was erected near to hundreds of homes and on the edge of green space where children play.

Keith Crabtree helped organise a residents’ campaign to fight the plan.

He said: “We’re thrilled that the appeal has been thrown out.

“We were all quite surprised when we heard but we’re glad that the inspector saw what we were saying.”

Residents in surrounding homes said the mast would have been an eyesore and also had concerns about health problems but government guidelines say that applications to erect phone masts cannot be refused for health reasons.

And Mr Crabtree said there were still concerns as a result that the phone companies could return.

He added: “Everyone’s relieved that the mast won’t be going up but at the same time we’re worrying that when planning rules are relaxed they could come back with another application.”

His wife Angela added: “We just didn’t give up and that’s what we’d say to anyone else in a similar position.”

The planning inspector’s report, sent to residents last week, said that the reasons given by Erewash Borough Council were valid and the appeal would be dismissed on the same grounds.