Vodaphone submit mobile phone mast plans

Cllr. Graham Jesty wants to set up a Friends of Green Park group to try and get funding.'w9549b940

Cllr. Graham Jesty wants to set up a Friends of Green Park group to try and get funding.'w9549b940

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HEALTH fears have been raised after proposals for a new mobile phone mast close to two schools were revealed.

This week Vodafone submitted plans to upgrade its existing mast on Northfield Lane to Wakefield Council.

But objectors have raised concerns it could pose a potential danger to children from Horbury School and Horbury Primary School as well as other residents.

Coun Graham Jesty said: “I’m worried about the health risks involved. The fact is there are a lot of problems with radiation from phone masts.

“The mast is already quite big and from the plans I’ve seen the box and the mast itself will be a lot bigger.

“It’s on the junction with Wakefield Road – I’m sure a suitable place could be found for the new mast.”

A decision will be made by the council’s planning department later this year.

A spokeswoman for Vodafone said: “Vodafone and O2 have decided that we will share network assets wherever we can, which will reduce the overall number of new base station locations for both parties, reduce deployment costs and follow the guidance set out in planning legislation.

“Our customers expect to be able to use their mobiles and devices where they live work and travel.

“Base stations are low powered which only cover approximately half a mile in radius and therefore we have to put base stations close to our customers.

“We have identified that we need to improve the 3G coverage to our customers in Wakefield and have proposed an upgrade to the existing base station at the junction of Northfield Lane and Wakefield Road.”