Cell tower proposed for New Harbour area
Bell Mobility announces location for 80-metre guyed tower
Driving along the New Harbour Barrens on your way home from a long day at the office, your cell phone suddenly rings.
With your Bluetooth headset in one ear, you answer. “Hello?” It’s an important call, so thankfully you brought your hands-free device with you.
As you reach the intersection with Route 80, you lose cell phone reception.
Dead zones are an issue for many people across Newfoundland and Labrador. But in the New Harbour area, it may soon be a thing of the past.
New tower proposed
Bell Mobility has proposed a telecommunications tower for the area, something many have been wanting for a long time.
A local resident, who requested we not use her name, was excited to hear about the proposal.
“This day and age, we should have better cell phone service than we have in this area,” she said. “There are so many areas here that are dead zones. If an accident were to happen on Hopeall straight there is no service to call for an ambulance.”
If approved, the guyed tower will be 80 metres high, and located approximately one kilometre north of the Pollet’s Road and Route 80 intersection.
Bell spokeswoman Sarah Dawson told The Compass what the new tower would do.
“Bell is investing in this cell site to enhance 4G LTE high-speed wireless coverage in the New Harbour area. 4G LTE is the fastest wireless technology available anywhere and supports many advanced applications including mobile TV and high-speed Internet,” she explained.
Lack of cell phone coverage
For many years, there have been concerns raised in Trinity South and the north shore of Conception Bay about lack of cell phone coverage in the region.
Some local residents confirmed they heard rumours in previous years the tower was in discussion.
When asked what area the tower would cover, Aliant could only confirm north from New Harbour to Whiteway, but couldn’t provide confirmation if it would service area south of New Harbour.
Steve Crocker, Liberal MHA for the neighbouring district of Trinity-Bay de Verde, hopes more towers are on the way. He has spoken with Bell about arranging a meeting for more cell phone coverage in his district, which covers Hopeall to Bay de Verde and down south to Salmon Cove.
The new tower will benefit communities from Hopeall to Whiteway, which does cover some of Crocker’s district. There is already a cell phone tower in Whiteway.
Coverage will only include cell phone service providers that use Bell towers, including Bell Aliant, Telus and Koodo.
According to www.ertyu.org, there are 10 active cell phone towers in the Trinity Conception region, with nine belonging to Bell. The other tower is a Rogers Communications tower located just past Whitbourne along the Trans Canada Highway. Another tower is located along the Heart’s Content Barrens, but is not used as a cell phone tower.
Request for feedback
Since Aliant announced the proposal last week, there has been some discussion in the area about more coverage, most being positive. So far, those that spoke with The Compass were in favour of the tower.
Anyone who would like to provide feedback to Bell can do so until Feb. 12, 2015 by contacting Kirkland, Balsom and Associates at 709-738-1000, by fax at 709-738-0152 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bell Mobility has nine telecommunication towers in the Trinity Conception region, including this one in Carbonear. The proposed tower for New Harbour will be of similar size.