STAFFORD Borough Council leader Mike Heenan has called for some of the new mobile phone masts in Baswich to be put on the former police headquarters.
Councillor Heenan also wants the authority to adopt a policy on the installation of mobile phone masts near the former police headquarters.
But police chief Matthew Ellis says he wants the site clear to get the best price from potential developers.
EE and Hutchinson 3G UK Ltd have applied to put a 49-feet-high mast near a bus stop in Baswich Lane.
It is the latest mobile mast application to be submitted as communications companies try to replace existing masts on the former police HQ.
Some residents in the area have objected and Councillor Heenan says there are more masts planned in the area as police chief Matthew Ellis tries to clear the former HQ for sale.
Objector Steve Burrows said: “It will be an eyesore. There’s no need to put it there. You couldn’t pick a worse place. The three boxes will all be on the pavement in the open. It’s an obstruction for people walking. There are alternative sites.”
Carol Hassall, of Baswich Lane, said: “Surely there is more suitable land quite close which would pose far less intrusion and danger. Tilcon business park and ground near the railway lines is available for such structures.
"The positioning of this structure would not be in keeping with the outlook to the church and would be plainly visible from all houses as it is not, as stated in the plans, obscured by trees.”
Darren Tideswell, of Baswich Lane, said: “My family and I wish to object to the proposed plan for the monopole as we feel it would be detrimental to the character of our surrounding area.
"We have a beautiful old church across the road from us and feel that if this proposal is accepted it would definitely affect the visual amenity of the church and its grounds.”
The application has been called before the council’s planning committee by leader Mike Heenan because of the impact on visual amenity.
He said: “In view of other recent applications and that there are understood to be further applications in the pipeline for the Baswich/Weeping Cross area because of the transfer of facilities from the former police headquarters sit, I would like the committee to consider that an overall policy be developed on these relocations rather than a piecemeal approach, to protect the streetscene of the whole area.”
Mr Ellis said: “I would like a clean site in order to get a larger amount of money put back into the public pot. It’s over to the mast companies to deal with local authorities to find the most suitable place for the masts they require.”