VIDEO: Fight is on against plans for mobile mast in Sheffield

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Scores of city residents hope to block a developer’s plans to put up a mobile phone mast on a green verge.

Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited, known as CTIL, wants to install the 12.5m pole and two cabinets on the patch of grass in Totley Brook Road, Dore.

Residents fighting against CTIL's plan to build a phone mast in Totley Brook Road.

Residents fighting against CTIL's plan to build a phone mast in Totley Brook Road.

The site is near the bus terminus opposite King Ecgbert School.

The firm, which is a partnership between Vodafone and Telefónica - which owns O2 - says there is a need for a mast in the area to provide new 4G mobile phone services as well as 3G and 2G.

But many people living in Dore have raised concerns about CTIL’s plans. So far more than 60 objections have been passed to Sheffield Council.

Among those fighting the proposal is Lindsay Brittain, who said there were still people living near the site who didn’t know about the mast.She also raised concerns about house values and road safety.

The planning notice.

The planning notice.

“It’s at the bottom of my garden,” she said.

“There are links to cancer and to hormones being affected.”

Mrs Brittain - who broadcast a video about the plans live on Facebook before The Star's photographer turned up, above - said residents had successfully campaigned against a previous application.

“In other areas they are largely not allowed to put masts near homes or schools,” she said.

Lindsay Brittain.

Lindsay Brittain.

“The previous one was right in the centre of the village. Everyone was up in arms about that, and it got stopped.”

The Dore Village Society also objected, saying the mast would be ‘visually intrusive and detrimental to visual amenity in this very public location at the bus terminus’.

A CITL spokesman said: "O2 customers expect to be able to use their mobiles and devices where they live, work and travel.

"O2 identified that they need to improve the coverage to their customers in Dore and proposed a new base station on Totley Brook Road.

"Extensive pre-application consultation was carried out with letters issued to the MP, three local councillors and a number of local education facilities.

"We have now submitted an application for this development to the local planning authority and are waiting for their decision.

"This proposal will allow for the provision of improved 2G, 3G and 4G services for O2 customers.

"All Vodafone and O2 base stations operate well within guideline safety limits, below these guidelines there is no evidence of adverse health effects for any members of the public."

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