Mast plan thrown out
Problem over who owns land of proposed site
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.”
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