Out­rage over mast pro­posal

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

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

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