Fury over ‘eyesore’ village mast plans

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ANGRY protesters have attacked plans for a new mobile phone mast in the centre of a village conservation area as an “act of vandalism”.

Residents of Grenoside spoke of their objections to the 12.5 metre tower at a meeting of Ecclesfield Parish Council, where the application was discussed.

The planning application for the mast, to be on Main Street, Grenoside, includes antennae and an adjacent equipment cabin.

Villagers told councillors its construction would be “an act of vandalism” and create “a horrendous eyesore”.

They claimed the mast would be about twice as tall as a telephone pole outside the village’s community centre.

Residents were supported by Ecclesfield Parish Council chairman, Coun David Pepper.

He said: “This is a totally unsuitable site and there is a more suitable site near the village.”

Coun Pepper also said the roadside equipment cabin could create a safety hazard for youngsters crossing the road near the village school, by blocking their view of oncoming traffic.

Ecclesfield Parish Council has decided to write to Sheffield Council, which will decide on the plans and object

Parish councillors said it would be more appropriate to site the mast on Skew Hill, Grenoside, where there are other masts in place.