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for locals, who were left relieved when an almost identical application by Vodafone was submitted last year but later withdrawn.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