EE agree to talks on Glen Etive masts

The Oban Times - - OUTDOORS -

MOBILE phone com­pany EE has agreed to re­view their pro­pos­als for mobile phone masts in Glen Etive.

The com­pany has of­fered to meet with or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing Moun­taineer­ing Scot­land to dis­cuss the way for­ward.

The masts, both in Glen Etive and else­where in the High­lands , are in­tended to ex­tend the range of cov­er­age for the Emer­gency Ser­vices Net­work, used by the po­lice, am­bu­lance and fire etc, but will also pro­vide com­mer­cial 4G cov­er­age.

They con­firmed on Wed­nes­day they had with­drawn the pro­pos­als to re­view the num­ber and lo­ca­tions of the masts, and will dis­cuss this at the up­com­ing meet­ings.

Alarm bells ini­tially started ring­ing when EE ap­plied to High­land Coun­cil re­gard­ing the masts in Glen Etive, at which time both Moun­taineer­ing Scot­land and Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage reg­is­tered con­cern about the ef­fect the masts would have on one of Scot­land’s most beau­ti­ful and well-known glens.

The site also falls within the Ben Ne­vis and Glen­coe Na­tional Scenic Area.

Moun­taineer­ing Scot­land urged High­land Coun­cil to con­sider other lo­ca­tions within the glen where there would be a less se­vere vis­ual im­pact, and SNH backed this ar­gu­ment.

The ob­jec­tion they sub­mit­ted stated: ‘As an or­gan­i­sa­tion rep­re­sent­ing those who en­joy a range of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, we recog­nise the im­por­tance of ef­fec­tive mobile telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, es­pe­cially in the con­text of safety in the hills.

How­ever, we be­lieve that in the case of this pro­posal, that vi­able al­ter­na­tives are avail­able to the de­vel­oper. We ob­ject to the pro­posal and would urge EE and BT Group to think again.’

EE acted promptly af­ter re­ceiv­ing the ob­jec­tions and has con­tacted Moun­taineer­ing Scot­land to dis­cuss ways of mit­i­gat­ing the im­pact of the masts.

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