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Walton residents gear up for another phone mast battle

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

By Sarah Marshall

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ANGRY residents are preparing to fight plans for another bid to put up a phone mast near their homes.

People in Walton-on-the-Hill are up in arms about the proposal by mobile phone company Vodafone UK for The Rise.

The phone company wants to erect a 17.5 metre mast, and residents have until February 19 to have their say

It is a blow for locals, who were left relieved when an almost identical application by Vodafone was submitted last year but later withdrawn.

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One resident, Colin Probert, who lives 30 metres away in Weeping Cross, has already objected to the plan amid fears about the effects on schools and a church.

He said: "It is not in keeping with the character of the area. The erection of this mobile phone mast will put off future potential buyers. The mast will be the first thing a potential buyer will see as they enter my driveway. Most people would be instantly put off knowing that there is a mobile phone mast within 30 metres of the property and the unproven health risks of being so close to this antennae."

Another resident, Kenneth Argent said: "It is a totally intrusive development in a residential area. It is totally out of keeping with the surroundings and will be a complete eyesore.

"There is already a mast at the old police headquarters. We do not need another one in a pleasant residential area and this would be the introduction to Stafford for the people coming from Milford."

Another resident, Pete Plant, told the Newsletter: "I live 115 metres away from this but the people who live at the bottom of The Rise will be directly affected.

"It is ridiculous. I have written to Jeremy Lefroy about it and I want our local councillor to call it in for discussion at a planning meeting."

The application is due to be considered by Stafford Borough Council next month.

No-one from Vodafone UK was available for comment at time of going to press.

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