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Phone mast bid is rejected again
3:10pm Saturday 2nd June 2012 in News
A PHONE company’s bid to erect a mast near houses in Chafford Hundred has been refused.
O2 wanted to install at 12.5m mast and cabinet in Flemming Road.
The application is the fifth made by O2 in the town which has been rejected by the council.
Tory ward councillor Tunde Ojetola said he hopes the company gets the message now.
He said: “This is a victory for the residents and councillors who have successfully campaigned that O2 should not locate masts next to residential properties and schools.
“This is the fifth attempt by O2 to install a mast next to residential properties, and this is their fifth refusal. We hope they get the message this time.”
Thurrock Council is not allowed to object to the development of a phone mast, but it can refuse the design and siting of the mast.
A spokesman said: “In this case the proposed mast would be dominant and incongruous in the street scene.
“In addition, its siting close to houses in Swiftsure Road, and other homes, would constitute a dominant and overbearing feature, to the detriment of the outlook of the occupiers.”