Protesters fighting O2 and Vodafone mast in Bushey ready to do battle again

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Residents protesting against plans to build a phone mast in Bushey say they are ready to do battle with the network operators one more time.

O2 and Vodafone saw their joint bid for a 12.5-metre mast at the corner of Melbourne Road and Coldharbour Lane rejected by Hertsmere Council in December.

But this week the mobile network operators lodged an appeal to the government’s Planning Inspectorate against the decision.

Jo Wolff, who led protests against the initial application, said: “I was surprised they appealed as it was unanimously rejected by the local committee. It is very obviously the wrong place for a phone mast and I thought they (the operators) would take that as a sign. I suppose it is their job to keep trying just as it is our job to keep fighting it.”

Residents have already written to the Bristol-based planning inspector to object to the appeal and Mrs Wolff is hoping common sense prevails.

She said: “It is up to us to make the planning inspector aware of the local area and we’re hopeful they will see it the same way as us. The more people that write to explain that this is a family residential area with a number of schools, the better. We pulled together to fight this last time and we just need to do it once more.”

The planning inspector is due to carry out a site visit in the coming months before making a decision.

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4:49pm Wed 15 Feb 12

stuegs says...

You can bet your life Jo Wolff has a mobile phone and so do all the other protesters.

So what they are saying is they want to use mobiles but dont want the masts anywhere near them!! That sounds like typical bushey residents with delusions of grandeur, bushey is far to nice to have to put up with a phone mast!!

So where do u suggest they go then Jo?
You can bet your life Jo Wolff has a mobile phone and so do all the other protesters. So what they are saying is they want to use mobiles but dont want the masts anywhere near them!! That sounds like typical bushey residents with delusions of grandeur, bushey is far to nice to have to put up with a phone mast!! So where do u suggest they go then Jo? stuegs
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5:03pm Wed 15 Feb 12

TRT says...

Well, O2 already has an 18 meter mast at Hill Mead, and Vodaphone has a 15 meter at St. Peters. I guess they are having trouble with reception around Collins Court and Bournehall Avenue. In which case, it would make sense to mount it on top of the highest bit of ground round there, which would be... *checks map* Bournehall Primary School! There we go.

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Well, O2 already has an 18 meter mast at Hill Mead, and Vodaphone has a 15 meter at St. Peters. I guess they are having trouble with reception around Collins Court and Bournehall Avenue. In which case, it would make sense to mount it on top of the highest bit of ground round there, which would be... *checks map* Bournehall Primary School! There we go. http://www.sitefinde r.ofcom.org.uk/searc h TRT
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5:20pm Wed 15 Feb 12

Nascot says...

Yawn... same old story, same old Nimbys, all of whom apparently don't have mobile phones.
Yawn... same old story, same old Nimbys, all of whom apparently don't have mobile phones. Nascot
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11:29am Thu 16 Feb 12

garston tony says...

I agree with stuegs, wonder how many of the protestors own a mobile phone. If they REALLY want to protest then send your phones back and end your contracts
I agree with stuegs, wonder how many of the protestors own a mobile phone. If they REALLY want to protest then send your phones back and end your contracts garston tony
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12:47pm Thu 16 Feb 12

Sally Mustang says...

I agree with all of the above. NIMBYs in a cake and eat it scenario.
I agree with all of the above. NIMBYs in a cake and eat it scenario. Sally Mustang
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