EFFORTS to prevent the south of Stafford being blighted by phone masts are being snubbed by the mobile phone companies, residents have been told.
Controversial plans to site a phone mast outside the 12th century Holy Trinity Church on Baswich Lane were given the go-ahead at a planning appeal after Stafford councillors rejected the scheme.
Two other sites, on Cannock Road and outside Walton High School, have also been rejected by local planners - but may yet go to appeal.
Baswich councillor Ann Edgeller told a local residents' meeting that she had toured the area and come up with four alternative sites that would not be so close to people's homes.
These included land on the Tilcon industrial estate, and screened among trees on the fringe of the former police headquarters site.
But she said efforts to get the major phone companies round the table to consider alternative sites, or to share a single mast, had so far proved fruitless.
"We are working hard to find somewhere for these masts that won't upset people, but we are getting absolutely no response from the mobile phone companies," she said.
"The council has written to them, and I have been ringing them up and we have got nowhere so far.
"But we shall keep trying. I believe that they should be talking to us - because we are the people who will have to live with the masts.
"The problem is, the telephone companies are not even taking to each other about sharing masts, let alone talking to the public."