Decision day over mobile mast row

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A CONTROVERSIAL plan to erect a phone mast in Mossend will go before North Lanarkshire Council on Thursday, November 10.

The proposal to install a 14.8m mast on the footpath adjacent to the junction of Calder Road and Brigbrae Avenue first went before the council in August when 25 requests for a site visit and hearing were accepted.

The application outraged local residents with 42 objections being made, including one from Uddingston and Bellshill MSP Michael McMahon, along with three petitions of 161, 26 and 25 signatures from Woodlands Estate Residents Association (WERA), Brigbrae Residents Association, and Milnwood and surrounding area residents respectively.

The applicant Vodafone intends to share the mast with O2 and this is the second time this year the council have been asked to considered granting planning permission to the company in Calder Road.

Back in March councillors voted to reject an application which would have seen a 13.8m mast erected around 60m further north, adjacent to Forest Drive.

Vodafone’s subsequent application has been described as ‘cynical’ and councillors have been urged to reject them for a second time.

Mr McMahon said: “It would appear that the applicant has cynically selected a new site on the basis it required less neighbour notification and generate less opposition than the original proposal.

“As the company were refused planning permission for a similar mast down the road in March of this year, it stands to reason that this mast should also be refused.”

The objectors will be represented at the hearing by members of WERA who have major safety concerns.

Full story in November 10 edition of Bellshill Speaker