Mast plan thrown out

Prob­lem over who owns land of pro­posed site

Rutherglen Reformer - - Court - Edel Ke­nealy

Plans to build a con­tro­ver­sial mast yards from peo­ple’s homes in Cam­bus­lang have been thrown out.

Corner­stone Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions In­fra­struc­ture Lim­ited (CTIL) and Tele­fónica had pro­posed build­ing a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions mast near the junc­tion of East Green­lees Road and Murdoch Av­enue.

They say it would im­prove 3G and 4G cov­er­age in the area. But it emerged this week that the land on which they hoped to build the mast is not ac­tu­ally owned by the per­son with whom they had struck an agree­ment.

CITL con­firmed the news in an email to MSP Clare Haughey’s of­fice.

The email from a CITL mem­ber of staff states: “There has been an is­sue with the pro­posal in that the land is not owned by the per­son we thought it was and there­fore we can­not progress it at the po­si­tion we ini­tially planned.” But he added: “I would stress that we still need to im­prove cov­er­age ser­vice in this lo­cal­ity so it is highly likely we will be pro­gress­ing an al­ter­na­tive op­tion in the area, but we are tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with the lo­cal plan­ning au­thor­ity about a suit­able lo­ca­tion for this al­ter­na­tive.”

News of the failed pro­posal comes weeks af­ter a pe­ti­tion op­pos­ing it gar­nered sig­na­tures from al­most ev­ery house­hold in the im­me­di­ate area.

Peo­ple from Murdoch Av­enue, Wal­lace Wynd, Bruce Av­enue, Tanzieknowe Av­enue and Baird Gate all threw their weight be­hind the cam­paign.

Jan Gra­ham, who launched the pe­ti­tion with neigh­bours, said: “We are de­lighted. They are still look­ing to im­prove the cov­er­age, al­though we hope sense will pre­vail and they will put it some­where that’s not so densely pop­u­lated.

“I also feel very strongly that it should be sit­u­ated on public land. Com­pa­nies pay a great amount for these masts to be in­stalled on land and I be­lieve that should ben­e­fit the public purse.”

ProtestRes­i­dents were fiercely op­posed to the mast 030717phone­mast_01

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