Mobile phone mast causes protest wave

HOUSEHOLDERS on an Ipswich estate have petitioned to stop a 20 metre mobile mast being put on their doorsteps.Residents and parents of Thurleston High School pupils are objecting to the mobile phone mast and related development earmarked for a field on Thurleston Lane.

By Amanda Cresswell

HOUSEHOLDERS on an Ipswich estate have petitioned to stop a 20 metre mobile mast being put on their doorsteps.

Residents and parents of Thurleston High School pupils are objecting to the mobile phone mast and related development earmarked for a field on Thurleston Lane.

Mid Suffolk District Council confirmed they had received a petition and letters of objection to a planning application made by mobile phone company Orange.

Residents have already held a meeting at the Old Chapel, Station Road, Claydon, in protest.

If planning permission is granted the mast would be set for the field behind the BMX track.

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A father-of-one from Whitton Church Lane, who asked not to be named, said: "I have already written a letter to Mid Suffolk District Council protesting against the mast.

"I don't like the idea of it at all," said the 27-year-old. "Not a mobile phone mast on my doorstep.

"There are plenty of other places to put a mobile phone mast and it could go such as a field in the middle of nowhere instead a heavily built up area. It is going to be a real eyesore.

"But what I am also concerned about it is the potential health risk to our children. I have been trying to find out whether it would present any health risks."

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