Scores protest against new Woodingdean mast ‘approved’ by council blunder

Posted On 05 Oct 2016 at 3:36 pm

About 80 people gathered at the site of a planned phone mast yesterday to protest after it was accidentally given the go-ahead thanks to a council cock up.

80 strong protest at the location of where a Vodafone phone mast is being errected despite the local council refusing the application it got through because the councils response was delayed. Opposite 58 Warren Road, Woodingdean, Brighton

By Danny Fitzpatrick


Brighton and Hove City Council apologised last week after it emerged that a refusal notice for the 12.5m high Vodafone mast in Warren Road, Woodingdean, was issued too late to be deemed valid, thus inadvertently green-lighting it.

The site was deemed unsuitable as it is directly in front of historic cottages and will loom over the surrounding buildings. Some residents are also
concerned about perceived health risks – although this would not be a reason to turn it down under planning law.

Ward councillor Dee Simson, who objected to the mast, said she was talking to the council’s legal team to see if there was any other way to stop the mast going up.

She said: “There are a lot of concerns about its location in the sense of the visual impact right in front of the historic cottages, which is why it was refused.

“On top of that there’s also concern about whether a mast so close to a nursery and schools is actually safe. We hear a lot about how these masts are safe, but a lot of people are still concerned.

“Even though the mast isn’t up yet, the box is very intrusive. Once the mast is up it will be the first thing you see coming round the bend.

“It’s going to impact more than the i360 on the cit – it’s going to be right in your face.

“I have got the council’s legal team working on it, but the protesters are appealing to the better nature of Vodafone, saying this isn’t the right place for it, why don’t you look elsewhere?”

However, it seems likely that their pleas will fall on deaf ears. A spokeswoman for Vodafone said: “Under planning law, mobile phone operators are required to submit an application for prior approval for a mast of this kind.

“The local planning authority have a set time to refuse permission, after that time period has elapsed approval is deemed to have been granted.

“In this case we have deemed consent to build a mast which will provide fast 4G services for both O2 and Vodafone customers, and which also improve the existing 2G and 3G coverage locally.

“We understand that some people have concerns about masts in the community, but if we are to provide coverage, they must be located where people use their devices – where they live, work and travel.”

  1. annie dorling Reply

    I feel so sad that the company is so agressive and has no morales.

  2. Al Bion-Street Reply

    Two and a half metres high? That’s about eight feet. Shurely shome mishtake.

  3. Danny Reply

    12.5m high

  4. Al Bion-Street Reply

    @Jo Wadsworth nice to see you’ve corrected it 🙂

  5. Arthur Pendragon Reply

    Incompetent Labour council!

  6. Marike Keuning Muhi Reply

    Has no one been working on any kind of protecting system, some kind of real shield around these masts, so that people and children still could move around those masts without getting into the sureness of the braking down of our normal and very necessairy fysical defence systems. I just can’t get the point of all those well paid politicians whom are misusing the existing timelimits to fool through their greedy money-milking radiancees factories. Why not put up strict morality levels that each decissionmaker has to live up to. So that no more bribes or under the table gifts (lobbyists) can influence the outcome.. Do not also these democratically chosen ones have families, children, grandchildren ? Are their lives not worth making honest and respectable choices for ? Or are those the chosen ones that already are living under most safe conditions..? How will these ‘population-serving’ humans? stand in front of our Maker and answer His righteous questions ? I wish them all the luck they’ll be needing.. Greed does put down their awareness of the garanteed (negative health-) consequences, but their responsibility still stands. It is high time to reconsidder, to change from the moneymaking into the life-improving, and that not only for ones own life but for the whole of mankind.

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