Residents fight plans for mast

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CONCERNED residents are fighting plans to have a phone mast put up in Cullercoats.

Phone giant O2 has submitted an application to North Tyneside Council for planning permission to erect a 12.5-metre mobile phone mast in Hartington Road on the Marden Estate.

However, residents and councillors are opposing the plans and have drawn up an objection petition because they say it’s too close to homes and schools.

O2’s application is the third of its kind in the past ten months. The previous two have both been refused

George Westwater, one of three councillors for the Cullercoats ward, said: “Residents have started to sign a petition to stop a mobile phone mast going up near their homes.

“They say they are also concerned at the proximity of the proposed O2 mast to Monkhouse Primary School and a grassed area used frequently by children and dog walkers.

“They are worried about the health implications and how it could affect the value of their homes.”

The application is due to go before the council’s planning committee on Tuesday, February 14. The closing date for objections is Wednesday, February 1, and already a protest letter has been signed by 40 people.

Coun Westwater added: “This is not a crusade to eliminate all masts from the landscape as we all want to enjoy the benefits of technology.

“However, we do need to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of local residents are not compromised to the point where they do not feel safe to live in their own homes.

“I am very concerned about the prospect of residents living underneath a constant beam of electromagnetic radiation.”