Spalding residents fight new plans for a 5G mast
Residents who are against a proposed 18 metre 5G mast have raised concerns surrounding its impact on the area and its wildlife.
A group of around 14 Spalding residents have objected to plans submitted by telecommunications company Three (Hutchison 3G UK Limited) to erect an 18 metre Phase 8 Monopole C/W wrapround cabinet at base and associated ancillary works on Matmore Gate.
Speaking on behalf of the group, who live in Birch Grove and Matmore Gate area of Spalding, Mary Mann said: “This is about big companies thinking that they can just put these things wherever they want.
“There’s not been any consultation with residents that I’m aware of and we feel that everyone deserves to have their voice heard. It just doesn’t seem to have been properly thought out.
“It will stand out and it will be awful.
“We are also concerned as it could attract graffiti and then what next?”
The group is concerned that the structure would lead to disruption to wildlife.
Mary said: “There are always lots of birds here and there’s evidence to suggest that the waves can alter birds’ and bees’ navigation. Environmentalists are already concerned about the decline in bees and without them there is no food.
“ It’s as if they (Three) aren’t looking at the long term issue - some of us don’t want everything to move faster, in fact even people who would quite like to have 5G appreciate that this hasn’t been gone about the right way.”
A Three spokesperson has confirmed that no trees will be removed to install the monopole.
They said: “While we try to keep mast sites as unobtrusive as possible, they do need to be situated near to where people will be using the service and, in many cases, in precise locations to ensure the widest breadth of coverage. We are always mindful of local residents and of wildlife when deciding where a mast will be located.”
As reported in our sister paper the Lincolnshire Free Press, there are also plans to erect a 20m tall monopole in the Claudette Avenue area of Woolram Wygate and another application has been submitted for an 18m monopole on Hawthorn Bank.