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Anger from Spalding residents as masts plans are resubmitted

Residents are calling for others to join them in their fight against the erection of 5G masts in Spalding after fresh applications were submitted just weeks after refusal.

People in the Birch Grove and Wygate Park areas of the town were shocked to learn that telecommunications company UK H3G (Three) has submitted fresh plans to erect two masts less than three weeks after its previous
applications were refused.

The company has submitted new applications to erect a15m phase 8 monopole C/W wrapround cabinet at base and associated ancillary works at each of the locations it had previously sought permission within.

Concerned residents are fighting against plans for 5G masts
Concerned residents are fighting against plans for 5G masts

Geraldine Nichols, of Claudette Avenue, who set up a petition against the original plans, which was signed by more than 50 people, was ‘lost for words’ on hearing of the application.

She said: “We are not going to let this go. I am absolutely lost for words.

“This is what we were frightened of and it feels as though this firm (Three) seem to think that they can come in and say exactly where they want to put it. They haven’t consulted us in any way and it will have an impact on so many people.

“The height will still be disproportionate to everything around it and the position of it will impact everyone. We will call on everyone to object again.”

At a meeting of South Holland District Council’s planning committee in April, councillors slammed the original plans for a 20 metre (65 foot) mast on the corner of Wygate Park and Claudette Avenue and agreed with officers that it would be an “unduly dominant, obtrusive and alien feature within the street scene”.

Although planning officers had recommended members approve a mast on the corner of Birch Grove and Matmore Gate, saying the originally planned 18 metre poll would “not materially adversely impact the character and appearance of the area”, these plans were also refused.

Birch Grove and Matmore Gate residents formed a group to fight against the application, voicing concerns surrounding the environmental impact the mast could have. The group is now urging residents to object to the new application.

Spokesperson Mary Mann said: “We would counter it again and I would hope that this time round people living in the immediate vicinity are notified properly. The notice went up very late last time and several people only knew because someone else came across the application.

“It’s not only the fact it will be an eyesore and the environmental issues, but it’s also the underhand nature of what the company is doing.

“The reduction in height won’t make a difference – it will be a huge eyesore for everyone living in front of it and around it.

“It’s as if they’ve had one door shut in their face and they’re trying to go through another to get what they want. Hopefully people will put their objections in again.”

Last week, the company had a third application to erect a 15m pole on the corner of Hawthorn Bank and The Parkway refused, despite having amended the application to shave three metres off its original height to the ‘absolute minimum’.

Coun Angela Newton, who sits on South Holland District Council and Lincolnshire County Council, submitted an objection to the previous application in the Wygate Park area, as did Couns Roger Gambba-Jones and Christine Lawton.

Cound Newton said: “I believe members will have to look seriously again at what has been submitted. The company hadn’t bothered to discuss the plans with SHDC before submitting the previous applications and the planning officer indicated during the previous meeting that he was going to have a dialogue with Three.

“Planning officers would be able to give them advice to find somewhere more suitable if they were consulted.”

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