Residents march against mast plan

Residents protest over plans for a phone mast in the middle of Dore village.
Residents protest over plans for a phone mast in the middle of Dore village.
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FAMILIES staged an angry demonstration against plans for a towering mobile phone mast in the heart of a Sheffield village.

Communications giants Vodafone and O2 have joined forces to improve their mobile phone coverage and are planning to erect 65 new masts across the Sheffield.

Residents in Dore have staged a fierce campaign against the firms’ plan for a 15-metre mast on Causeway Head Road, in the middle of a conservation area.

More than 600 people have submitted objections to Sheffield Council’s planning department and Hallam MP Nick Clegg has highlighted his constituents’ concerns.

Karine Zbinden, of the newly-formed Stop The Mast Action Group, said: “The mast would tower over local houses and shops and would be near two nursery schools and a junior and infant school.

“This application has resulted in massive protest from the local community, mainly due to the visually intrusive nature of the proposed site and the significant alarm due to perceived health risks.”

Dan Gage, Dore and Totley Conservative candidate at May’s council elections, added: “No one in our local community would object to a phone mast in principle but why in such a prominent, built up, conservation area?

“There are a number of locations in the immediate vicinity of the proposed site where such a mast would be far better placed - areas where it would not detract from our beautiful local scenery and where old and mature trees would not be put at potential risk.”

Residents in Millhouses have objected to a similar plan for a mast on Button Hill.