RESIDENTS say they are fed up with the council after it gave permission for a bigger ‘eyesore’ mobile phone mast to be installed behind their houses.
Fareham Borough Council’s planning committee have allowed Vodafone to upgrade its mast on Lockswood Road, Locks Heath.
The 14.8-metre mast will be replaced with a 17.5m mast, plus an extra three new cabinets installed.
Gary Bridle, 49, from nearby Cornflower Close, said he was angry as he felt his views were not considered. He was so upset with the council that he told it to remove him from its database as he feels planning consultations are a waste of time and money.
Mr Bridle, an electrical engineer, said: ‘When the mast first went up, I went to the planning meeting and I told them. It was quite clear they had already made their minds up.
‘This time I wrote to them to say I am not happy and they still went ahead. So I have told them never to send me any more planning details.’
Mr Bridle said the mast is an eyesore and added: ‘I’ve worked in the communications industry since the ’80s and know they don’t need to be put in built-up areas.
‘The councillors made a decision on something they know nothing about.’
Neighbour Leah Claypole, 42, agreed: ‘It’s a real eyesore, I don’t like it. I don’t know the facts about it but I’ve heard negative things about living near them.’
Peter Lowe, 44, also of Cornflower Close, said: ‘I protested about the mast when they first put it up. It’s an eyesore and it devalues my property.’
He said he also felt the planning notice had been ‘surreptitiously placed.’
The mast is being upgraded as part of a deal Vodafone has entered into with Telefonica to provide 4G – a higher speed mobile internet coverage – to the area.
Chairman of the planning committee, Cllr Nick Walker, said they felt it was more appropriate to allow an upgrade on the existing site rather than permit new ones.
Cllr Walker said: ‘It’s got to be done. This allows mast sharing and the alternative would’ve been another site. It’s for the future.’