COUNCILLOR CALLS FOR MAST CO-LOCATION
On foot of concerns of local people in the area Cllr Liam O’Doherty has called on Vodafone to co-locate a proposed new mast on one of the other 11 masts in the Mitchelstown area.
“All that can be done is to follow the proper planning procedure, but I would like to see Vodafone use one of the other masts instead of building a new one”, Cllr O’Doherty told The Avondhu this week.
With more than 11 mobile phone masts already in the Mitchelstown area, plans for a new 30-metre mast for Vodafone are continuing despite objections from residents.
A planning application for the mast has been lodged and a spokesperson for Vodafone confirmed, “Vodafone has applied to Cork County Council for planning permission to build a 30 metre lattice steel tower in agricultural lands in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork. This base station is essential to provide coverage on the east side of Mitchelstown and to business customers and emergency services on the new M8 bypass. It is also designed to provide enhanced coverage to existing and future residential developments in the area.”
Residents have already held meetings to voice their objections, and one concerned local, who lives in the area where the mast is proposed for erection, told The Avondhu, “We are concerned for our children’s health. Can Vodafone guarantee that my family and I will not suffer any health problems as a result of having the mast sited there?”
Objections to the proposed mast at Ballinamona near Mitchelstown must be lodged at the County Hall planning offices by Thursday next, February 5.
Friday 30th January 6:18pm