RESIDENTS objecting to a communications mast being moved from the former police headquarters to a bus stop warned it would come back to haunt planners.
Objectors shouted and jeered as members of Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee approved the plans.
Everything Everywhere (UK) Ltd and H3G (UK) Ltd applied to install the 15-feet-high mast at a Cannock Road bus stop to replace one being removed from the nearby former police headquarters.
One objector told a meeting of Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee: “It would affect our quality of life thus leading to a loss of amentity.
“Cannock Road is a traffic-intensive road therefore maintenance to the mast would be difficult. The only place a vehicle could park would be on the bus stop. This appears not to have been thoroughly thought out.”
Ward Councillor John Francis said: “It’s visually intrusive. This is a county town and this area is a gateway into this market town The intrusion of this mast visually is totally detrimental to the running of this road.”
Councillor Geoff Rowland said: “I have some sympathy with residents over health issues but I think residents will find a lot of their fears are (unfounded).”
Councillor Geoff Collier said: “I don’t like these masts but the government has said they are safe because there’s no evidence to show there’s any danger.”
The application was passed by seven votes to six subject to conditions including painting the mast green to fit in with the surrounding area.
Throughout the application residents shouted and jeered, with one warning the decision would come back to haunt them as he left.