Residents gear up for second phone battle

Maureen Fletcher at the proposed site of the 15ft Vodafone mast
Maureen Fletcher at the proposed site of the 15ft Vodafone mast
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Neighbours are facing a fresh battle to stop a 15-metre high mobile phone mast being built outside their homes.

Vodafone has submitted plans to build the mast behind a pavement on the west side of Garstang Road, close to its junction with Broadway in Fulwood, Preston.

It comes almost eight months after a similar proposal, from mobile phone company Orange, to build a 10m mast in the same area was shelved.

Residents today told of their determination to battle the plans, which they fear could destroy the look of the area and create traffic problems.

In its application Vodafone says the work would consist of the phone mast, three antennas to be used by them and a further three to be used by O2.

The company says it needs the site to allow 3G coverage for users of its network.

But the application has already prompted objections.

Letters from four homes were received by Vodafone during a consultation citing fears over the look of the mast and health and safety fears.

The company says it has responded to them.

Maureen Fletcher, of the Broadway Pharmacy, in Garstang Road, which is near the application site, said: “We will be doing exactly the same letters and objecting in exactly the same way. I can’t understand why they want to put it where houses are going to be in full view of it.

“It is such a busy stretch of road and there are that many accidents here already, do we really need another distraction?”

Residents in the area were celebrating after plans put forward by Orange to build a mast in the area were withdrawn.

The company wanted to put the mast on a parade of shops in Garstang Road - but surveys found the location was not suitable for the pole-type mast.

In this latest application, Vodafone says it has consulted with ward councillors and sent letters wto homes in Garstang Road, Broadway and Greenway.

The company also says the mast will be in “full compliance” with international radio frequency public exposure guidelines.