MP and Blundellsands Labour Action Team delight as Vodafone mast

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson and Blundellsands Labour Action Team leader Veronica Bennett on Warren Road where Vodafone planned to install a phone mast.


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said he was delighted that the concerns of local residents were heard and a planned telephone mast for Blundellsands was rejected.

Bill and Blundellsands Labour Action Team leader Veronica Bennett canvassed the views of all the residents in the area where the mast was to be sited - Warren Road near to the junction of The Serpentine.

The response from locals was overwhelmingly opposed to the plans.

Each response, a total 65 in total, was submitted to Sefton Council's planning department for consideration ahead of the committee meeting.

The planning committee gave its reason for rejection as: "The proposed installation of a 15 metre high telecommunications mast with ancillary ground based equipment is inappropriate development within the Blundellsands Park Conservation Area as it fails to enhance or to preserve its character and is also detrimental to the visual amenity and character of the surrounding street scene. It fails to comply with policies MD8 and HC1 of the Unitary Development Plan, Planning Policy Statement 5 'Planning and the Historic Environment' and Planning Policy Guidance Note 8 'Telecommunications' and is therefore unacceptable."

The Labour MP this was good news of the residents.

Bill said: "I am delighted that the resident's concerns were listened too in this case.

"I was contacted by a lot of people who had some very serious worries about the plans and Veronica Bennett, the rest of the Blundellsands Labour Action Team and I contacted each residents directly affected by the plans to gauge their views.

"The vast majority wanted the plans rejecting because the installation of a mast at the site so close to Blundellsands Park Conservation Area simply wasn't in keeping with the area.

"I congratulate all of the residents who contacted me and the Blundellsands Labour Action Team. This proves that people power can and does work."

Blundellsands Labour Action Team leader, Veronica Bennett, who also lives near to the site, said she had already been contacted by other relieved local residents.

Veronica said: "We received a lot of communications from concerned people in Blundellsands about these plans. I am delighted that we were all able to work together to make sure that these concerns were heard.

"This was simply the wrong location for a mast of this scale. I contacted Vodafone personally to make this point to them.

"I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to give us their views on this subject."

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