SAFETY CONCERNS: Mobile phone mast proposals thrown out
Gateshead Civic Centre, Image: Copyright Unknown
Proposals to put up a 5G mast in a Gateshead village were thrown out after the authority’s planning committee heard safety fears.
CK Hutchison Networks (UK) Ltd, made an application to erect a 15-metre high pole on the junction of Ashtree Tree Lane and Hookergate Lane, in High Spen, but it was voted down by the committee on Wednesday evening.
A report to the committee stated that the scheme would provide 5G signal and coverage for the 3 mobile phone network.
However, the authority received five objections raising fears about it impacting how the area looks, traffic and saying the technology would be an “eyesore” and “intrusive”.
These were backed up by ward councillor Marilyn Charlton who attended the meeting to speak against the plans.
Coun Charlton raised fears for the safety of pedestrians, pointing out that it would be on the only footpath.
She said: “It is far too close to Ashfeild Court and High Spen Court, which is just 3.5m from where the mast is.
“It is just a small country lane and High Spen Court, which is not occupied yet, is opposite.
“Regarding the path; this is the only path on Ash Tree Lane. Ash Tree Lane is recently being used as a rat run because we have got a 20 mile per hour at Barlow and 20 miles per hour at Rowlands Gill and quite a bit of travel is going up and down Ash Tree Lane which is very small.
“What you couldn’t see from the designs that have been put up is this is a very dangerous junction.
“It’s a four way junction. If you come out in your car you have to creep out there.
“The idea of people trying avoiding this masts and these cabinets and cars trying to creep out at the same time and people coming along on their route to and from school I don’t think its a good idea.”
Coun Charlton is not a member of the planning committee and has no voting rights.
Three expressions of support for the proposals were also sent to the authority, with backers saying that mobile signal is poor in the area and that the mast is needed to “modernise” it.
The planning committee unanimously voted against the application.
Words: Herbert Soden, Local Demcocracy Reporter
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