Mobile phone company receptive to residents’ pleas over mast
Residents and their local councillor are working with a mobile phone provider to identify locations for a mobile phone mast after objecting to the proposed site.
Cllr David Barton, who represents Dukes Ward on Sefton Council, arranged a meeting between CTIL, the company which manages networks for Vodafone and O2, and residents living close to the One Stop Shop site Belmont Street.
Alternative locations were suggested by various residents at the meeting and site holders that wish to benefit from such a commercial business venture are being sought.
CTIL has proposed erecting a 4G base station on the site but residents fear it could affect house prices and affect the appearance of the area.
Cllr Barton brought the two sides together so that CTIL could understand the residents’ objections and local people could hear about the need for a better mobile phone signal in the area.
Residents are now using their local knowledge drawing up a list of alternative sites which could better meet the company’s requirements and be less visually intrusive.
Cllr Barton said: “We are working proactively to secure the best possible location for everyone, raise awareness of potential sites in the area and appeal to prospective site owners who may provide alternative locations.
“I would like to thank residents and CTIL representatives for attending and for positive constructive discussion which clarified the situation and the need for a base station.
“The meeting outlined how commercially viable this could be to alternative people wishing to generate revenue, especially churches that may be interested, particularly if they are about to undergo refurbishment work which would allow a mast to be incorporated.”
Cllr Barton said he had previously explored a list of 20 designated sites and would be working with residents to draw up a list of other alternatives.
He said: “The proposed site at the One Stop Shop in Belmont Street is to replace a mast which has had to be removed in Tulketh Street.
“It spears that Belmont Street is not the ideal site they are seeking for the mast, being right on the edge of the area they would consider.
“The information they provided was very clear and useful, and helped residents to understand their perspective.”
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