THE planning inspector has overruled our borough council and allowed the first of three telephone masts to go up. No doubt the others will follow the same way. The new masts can’t be blamed on the people in power now as the whole matter started a few years ago when the other lot made all the decisions for us.
It started with the sale of our excellent location for police headquarters when the old Police Authority decided to make money by selling the plot for housing. We all know now how this has cost us all millions and was a massive step backwards. We were told the site would raise £20 million. (Now down to between £5 million and £10 million).
The builders of the new housing estate did not want to try to sell new houses with a telephone mast on the plot. Our new Commissioner of police, Matthew Ellis, decided any new masts were not his problem and promptly told the demolition men to smash the existing mast down.
The telephone companies were forced to replace the existing mast with three new ones and it seems they will get their way. This fiasco was caused by the same group who bankrupted the country.
I can perfectly well understand the frustration of all those good people who have objected to the new masts but it would never have come about in the first place if police headquarters had been left where it was.
Walton on the Hill