Residents’ worries over mobile phone mast

Louise Knight, left, with fellow protesters at the New Derby pub, Roker, they are against plans to erect a mobile 'phone mast on the pavement outside the pub.
Louise Knight, left, with fellow protesters at the New Derby pub, Roker, they are against plans to erect a mobile 'phone mast on the pavement outside the pub.
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ANGRY neighbours are campaigning against plans for a mobile phone mast.

People living around the site in Roker say the 14-metre mast will tower over them and claim it could damage children’s health.

They also say they were not consulted by the firm acting for Vodafone and O2 over the application to install the mast in Roker Baths Road.

Worried parents say they are concerned the mast will be just metres from Roker Methodist Church, where youth groups meet.

Teachers Louise and Craig Knight live in nearby Lonsdale Terrace, with their children Joshua, 14, and Georgina, 11.

Mr Knight, 46, said: “They were supposed to be consulting all the neighbours, but we live five doors down and we only found out because someone stuck a notice on the church hall door.

“We object in the strongest possible terms to the proposed mast and base station.

“The position of this mast will be within a residential area that has many homes of distinctive Victorian design and will ruin and destroy the overall appeal of this historic area.

“It will be sited opposite and tower over Roker Methodist Church and be easily visible to the users of the nearby Roker Park.

“The top of the mast will be the same height as St. Benet’s and Redby School, which are only 315 metres away to the west.

“Roker Methodist Church Hall is a very active centre for the local community. It is busy both day and night. It serves the church and local community with groups such as children’s playgroups, children’s drama groups, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, adult yoga groups, Tai Chi classes, Probus.”

Mr Knight says there was concern about the health effects on younger and older members of the community.

He said: “The health effects described in recent reports include stress, depression, sleep deprivation, headaches and chronic tiredness.

“Research shows long-term exposure significantly increases the risk of cancer in the immediate vicinity.”

Ward councillor Stephen Bonallie added: “The residents are up in arms.

“It (the site) is next to two primary schools and opposite Roker Methodist Church, which a lot of young people use. Then there are the concerns of the residents in the immediate area. Practically everyone is against it.”

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