Battle on to stop new phone mast

Val Booth and Lynn Webster, business owners on Alexandria Drive who believe neighbours are planning to allow a phone mast to be erected on their property. There are fears thje mast will be erected and planning permission applied for retrospectively.
Val Booth and Lynn Webster, business owners on Alexandria Drive who believe neighbours are planning to allow a phone mast to be erected on their property. There are fears thje mast will be erected and planning permission applied for retrospectively.

A CAMPAIGN is underway to stop a phone mast being erected in a residential area of St Annes.

Residents and business owners in the Alexandria Drive area are urging Fylde council planners to prevent a repeat of the situation in the town’s Headroomgate Road, where a mast was erected before householders knew anything about it.

“We aim to stop this before it gets put up,” said Lynne Webster, who runs a lawnmower shop in Alexandria Drive.

She has compiled a letter to the council which has also been circulated to all homes and businesses in Alexandria Drive, Derbe Road, Fairhaven Road and Inner Promenade.

But the company behind the mast has stepped forward to claim it doesn’t require planning permission.

Cornerstone – who erect shared masts for O2 and Vodafone – said the low-powered base station is allowed under permitted development. A spokesman confirmed they were interested in the site, and said Fylde Council had been informed of their intentions in November 2010 and March 2011.

But Mrs Webster said: “The whole block is surrounded by small hotels and flats.

“There’s quite a high population density. It’s totally inappropriate.”