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Baswich phone masts: Stafford councillor seeks crisis meeting

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 10, 2014

By Alison Thomas

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A ROUND TABLE meeting is needed involving planners and mobile phone companies to tackle the phone mast blight threatening the Baswich and Weeping Cross area, a borough councillor says.

Ann Edgeller, pictured, has written to local government minister Nick Boles to protest at a planning inspector’s controversial decision to allow a phone mast outside Baswich’s 800-year-old Holy Trinity church, despite residents’ protests.

But she told a Baswich Community Group meeting last week that it was not too late to stop the mast - if the mobile phone companies could be persuaded to meet the council and agree a compromise.

Councillor Edgeller said moving phone masts from the former Staffordshire Police headquarters was set to blight three areas - Baswich Lane, Cannock Road and The Rise, Walton-on-the-Hill, which were all earmarked as replacement sites.

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She suggested an alternative would be to put the masts behind a clump of trees at the boundary of the headquarters site and to disguise them as trees - as with the phone mast at Staffordshire University’s Beaconside campus.

“I have spoken to the council chief executive and said we want a meeting with the planners and the telephone mast people all sitting round one table to thrash this thing out,” she said.

“Surely they can find somewhere to site these masts that won’t upset people.”

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