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Baswich phone masts plan a "good deal for taxpayers"

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

By Gail Atkinson

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A BOROUGH councillor says two separate mobile phone mast applications which could finally lead to the sale of the former police headquarters are a good deal - but residents say they don’t want them.

Vodafone has put applications in for masts on land at the junction of Weeping Cross and The Rise, Walton on the Hill and another at Cannock Road.

Councillor Rob Stephens has called the Weeping Cross application in for debate by Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee.

He said: “I have spoken to the mobile phone companies and I think it’s a good deal for Stafford because those masts will replace the huge mast on the police site and they will be able to sell that land and increase the value of it for the tax payer.”

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However Samantha Brownless, of Old Croft Road, said: “I’m shocked that this application is even being considered especially so close to a school when the health implications are not fully understood.

“The height of this mast will be an obvious blot on our landscape and along with its equipment it will be an unacceptable ugly hunk of metal which will not blend into Weeping Cross and will stand out like a sore thumb.”

The second application for Cannock Road has been called in by councillors Mike Heenan and John Francis because of concerns it would be obtrusive and out of character with the area.

In a letter to the council Jill Benton, of Wildwood Lawns, said: “Placing the mast and its attached cabinets on a footpath where people walk will cause an obstruction.

Lisa Hough of Cannock Road, said:” The proposed mast and cabinet will have a detrimental effect on the street scene.

“They will be highly visible to drivers and pedestrians on the A34.”

The applications are set to be decided by March 20.

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