Plea to drop mast plan

Road safety and flood­ing fears

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

More than 170 peo­ple have signed a pe­ti­tion call­ing on com­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pa­nies to aban­don their plans for a mast on Green­lees Road.

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 a pe­ti­tion started just days ago al­ready has sig­na­tures from al­most ev­ery house­hold in the im­me­di­ate area.

Peo­ple from Mur­doch Av­enue, Wal­lace Wynd, Bruce Av­enue, Tanzieknowe Av­enue and Baird Gate have all put their weight be­hind the cam­paign to fight it.

Jan Gra­ham, who started the pe­ti­tion with neigh­bours, said: “Ev­ery sin­gle per­son liv­ing in this area is op­posed to the mast, I couldn’t find any­one in favour of it.

“This area floods badly and is a hot spot for road ac­ci­dents.

“If you get rain it comes down from the Dech­mont Hills and it ac­tu­ally bub­bles like a spring and runs on to the road. It forms there at the low­est point and the drains can’t cope with it.

“The other thing is road safety. The gen­er­a­tors and sub sta­tions that ac­com­pany masts are hefty and they will block vis­i­bil­ity for cy­clists, mo­torists and road users alike.”

Jan and her neigh­bours are also mys­ti­fied as to how a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for the mast could suc­ceed on this land as they be­lieve it was des­ig­nated as green­belt in 2003.

Fol­low­ing a pub­lic en­quiry in re­la­tion to house build­ing at that time, the land was ap­par­ently des­ig­nated as de­fend­able green­belt.

Pauline El­liott, head of plan­ning and eco­nomic devel­op­ment, said: “The plan­ning ser­vice has been no­ti­fied by Cor­ner­stone Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions In­fra­struc­ture Lim­ited of their in­ten­tion to erect a mast at the end of Mur­doch Av­enue, Cam­bus­lang. How­ever, to date no for­mal plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has been lodged.

“If a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is re­ceived, a de­ci­sion will be made at that time as to whether com­ments would be sought from the roads ser­vice [in terms of flood­ing and road safety].”

A spokes­woman for CITL said: “O2 cus­tomers ex­pect to be able to use their mo­biles and de­vices where they live, work and travel.

“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. The pro­posed base sta­tion will pro­vide 3G and 4G cov­er­age to the lo­cal area.

“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.”

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