Anger over missing mast protest

A NEW mobile phone mast will go up in Churchill despite strong opposition from parish councillors. At a meeting of Churchill and Langford Parish Council, members voted unanimously against the proposed mast on land near Bath Road, but their views did not r

A NEW mobile phone mast will go up in Churchill despite strong opposition from parish councillors.At a meeting of Churchill and Langford Parish Council, members voted unanimously against the proposed mast on land near Bath Road, but their views did not reach North Somerset Council.They said the mast is too close to houses and they were worried about the potential impact on residents' health. The mast will be sited 400m from an area of outstanding natural beauty but will be disguised as a telegraph pole.Parish clerk Lindsay Ireland posted a letter containing the council's response on May 18, but it failed to get to planners at the district council.The local authority then gave its permission for the mast to go ahead at a planning meeting a week later, as it had not received any objections from the parish council. Mrs Ireland said: "This is hideous and I shall be writing a letter of complaint to the council. The parish council had previously rejected the plans for the mobile phone mast and so the planning department would expect that we would again reject the application. "The parish council will make a formal complaint to the planning department.


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