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Residents rallied to relaunch fight

PUBLISHED: 21:58 19 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:14 03 March 2010

RESIDENTS are being rallied to relaunch their fight against a mobile phone mast.

Phone operator Hutchinson 3G has appealed against a decision to reject their plans for a mast to be built in Grange Road, Felixstowe.

RESIDENTS are being rallied to relaunch their fight against a mobile phone mast.

Phone operator Hutchinson 3G has appealed against a decision to reject their plans for a mast to be built in Grange Road, Felixstowe.

Now residents are being asked to write to a planning inspector with their objections to help keep the residential area phone-mast free.

Dave Cawdron, who is leading the residents' fight against the mast, said: "We managed to stop it once, if we can't stop it again then they're going to be able to put them up in Felixstowe wherever they like.

"What I want to do is to make the local people in the area aware that they have to write letters.

"The letters have got to be in by January 15 so we need local residents to make sure they send letters in to the planning inspector."

Mr Cawdron, of Grange Road, received a standard letter informing him of Hutchinson 3G's appeal but he wants to spread the news further to gather more support. He has also offered people help in sending the letters of objection as they have to be sent in triplicate.

Hutchinson 3G are appealing against the decision made by Suffolk Coastal District council in October to reject the building of a 41ft third generation phone mast on the grass verge next to Grange Road and Grange Farm Avenue. The mast was rejected because councillors thought it would be unsightly and add clutter to a residential area but it was also rejected on health grounds with concern that beams from the antenna would pass through children's bedrooms.

An independent planning inspector has now been brought in to deal with the appeal and he or she will go on a site visit before making a decision as to whether the mast should be built.

The address for objection letters is: The Planning Inspector, 3-0AA Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN.

WEBLINKS:

www.planning-inspectorate.go.uk

www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

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