Will it be third time lucky for Spalding 5G phone mast bid?
Three has made a third bid to put a 5G phone mast in a Spalding street.
Having failed to get a 20m and then 15m pole built on the junction of Wygate Park and Claudette Avenue last year the firm is trying again with a fresh plan lodged for the same spot. The difference this time is that the 15m pole is said to be a ‘slimline’ design.
Documents issued by CK Hutchison, which operates the Three network, suggest alternative sites have been considered and discounted in Claudette Avenue, the junction of Wygate Park and The Hayfields, the play park west of Wygate Park Lane, Woolram Wygate, Wygate Meadows, Clover Way and outside Southfield House.
Such masts apparently need to be located close to the people served.
The documents state: “New sites will be needed for many reasons, including that the higher radio frequencies used for 5G do not travel as far as those frequencies currently in use and that sometimes not all existing sites can be upgraded. In this area there is an acute need for a new mast to deliver the above.”
The plans add: “As with all 5G cells this is an extremely constrained cell search area. Options are extremely limited and the only viable solution that minimises amenity issues has been put forward.”
Masts were also rejected in Birch Grove, Hawthorn Bank, The Parkway and West Elloe Avenue - with seven failed applications last year in total.
South Holland District Council ruled they would be an ‘unduly dominant, obtrusive and alien feature’.