MP lead protest against phone mast

TORY MP David Ruffley is leading a protest against extending a mobile phone mast in Stowupland, near Stowmarket.He is one of a long list of objectors who has written to complain about plans by mobile phone company Hutchinson3G which want to extend a 15m mast at Green Farm in the village by 6m to 21m.

TORY MP David Ruffley is leading a protest against extending a mobile phone mast in Stowupland, near Stowmarket.

He is one of a long list of objectors who has written to complain about plans by mobile phone company Hutchinson3G which want to extend a 15m mast at Green Farm in the village by 6m to 21m.

Yet Mid Suffolk district council was today set to give the go-ahead to the proposal despite a chorus of disapproval from people living nearby.

Protestors have said that the mast is not needed – and the company, which owns mobile phone company Orange, should look harder to find an alternative site.


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The firm has also applied for permission to erect two antennae and three dishes on the new mast as well as installing an equipment cabin at ground level.

Resident Keith Wellaham, who lives 100 metres away from the proposed site, said that the community was worried about health fears surrounding mobile phone masts.

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"With all these attachments it's obviously going to have a bigger impact on the countryside," he said.

Mr Ruffley, in whose constituency Stowupland falls, has campaigned against planting mobile masts in the countryside before.

He was unavailable for comment today.

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