Outrage over mast proposal
A 57ft mast proposed for East Greenlees Road could damage people’s health, the views from their homes and the value of properties, residents have said.
People living nar the site have told CTIL and Telefónica to throw out their proposal for the telecommunications mast near the junction of East Greenlees Road and Murdoch Avenue.
The companies say it is necessary to improve 3G and 4G coverage in the area.
The 57ft mast proposed for Greenlees Road could damage health, spoil views and decrease value of homes nearby, residents have said.
Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited (CTIL) and Telefónica have proposed building a telecommunications mast near the junction of East Greenlees Road and Murdoch Avenue.
They say it will improve 3G and 4G coverage in the area.
But several residents and Cambuslang Community Council are fiercely opposed to the proposal.
Jo Malone, who lives on Wallace Wynd, said: “I am concerned about the size of it, it’s 57ft, taller than the flats at the top of the hill.
“Besides that, it’s the health implications. They say it meets UK and EU laws for radiation but there are still links between radiation and cancer. I don’t know if people living near these have got illnesses. It’s a fear of the unknown.
“I also believe there could be a reduction in the value of our houses and it spoils the view. Currently we have a view of farmland, it’s a rural outlook.”
David Thomson, chairman of Cambuslang Community Council, said the group had been contacted by many people citing the same concerns as Jo.
He said: “There is huge community opposition to this proposal and we have urged the mobile phone company not to go ahead.
“Local residents are unconvinced about the arguments put forward by CTIL and Telefónica about the need for a mobile phone mast at the proposed site. There is no evidence that mobile phone reception is poor in the area across a range of networks. Further, the justifications used for rejecting other sites also apply to the proposed site.”
CTIL and Telefónica have rejected 11 other potential sites on which to locate the mast, stating a variety of factors made these areas unsuitable. This often included the ground height and topography of the site.
A spokeswoman for CTIL said: “Base stations are low powered devices which cover approximately half a mile in radius, therefore we have to put base stations close to our customers.
“O2 have identified that they needed to improve the coverage to their customers in Cambuslang and have proposed a base station at the junction of East Greenlees Road and Murdoch Avenue. As a result of our consultation locally we have reduced the height of the proposed structure.
“All O2 base stations operate well within guideline safety limits, below these guidelines there is no evidence of adverse health effects for any members of the public.”
Cambuslang Community Council has asked CTIL and Telefónica that should they decide to proceed with the proposal, one or more public meetings should be organised to enable the local community to discuss their concerns directly with them.
ProtestResidents living near the proposed mast make their feelings known
Mast location Near the junction of East Greenlees Rd and Murdoch Ave
Protest Jo Malone