Local residents in Bournville are mounting a stiff opposition to plans for a new mobile telephone mast to be erected on the corner of Selly Oak road and Heath Road. A demonstration against the mast saw dozens of residents turn out on Sunday to voice their opposition.
Councillor Nigel Dawkins who organsied the demonstration said: “It was a large turnout to our rally and it clearly demonstrated that local families are worried about having a 14 metre high mobile phone mast next to where they live. These genuine fears and concerns by so many people cannot and should not be dismissed by the planners.”
Cllr Dawkins has written to nearby residents asking for their views highlighting how the mast will be near a junction that is a well used thoroughfare for young people and families on the way to the two schools on Selly Oak Road and for St Francis School. Pupils at St Joseph’s Catholic School have had Cllr Dawkins’ leaflet sent to every parent. There is also concern that the site is close to a conservation area and will be far too obtrusive.
The mobile phone mast being planned for the location will be 13.8 metres high and be adjacent to the recreation ground. The pole will carry 3G signals from 02 and Vodafone, boosting coverage in the area. Residents have until 21st October to object to the plans. The planning application number is 2010/05252/PA and full online details are here and supplementary documents are here.
Pics courtesy of Birmingham Post and Mail which also has also has a story on the demonstration.