Concern over Three 5G mast plans on Chesterfield street

A Chesterfield woman has raised concerns over plans to site a 20m-high 5G telecommunications mast in a residential area of Chesterfield.

Wednesday, 29th September 2021, 4:05 pm
The site of a proposed Three 5G mast on Spital Lane, Chesterfield.

Megan Eley says the installation on a verge off Spital Lane is a threat to nearby woodland and the wildlife which inhabits the area.

She also says the mast, described in a planning application as a 20m slim line street pole, wrap around cabin and three cabinets, will be unpleasant to look at and ‘not particularly healthy’ in a residential area.

Telecommunications giant Three is behind the plans and says that while some trees or bushes may need to be ‘trimmed or removed’, this will be kept to a minimum.

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A spokesperson said the mast had to be located ‘where people will be using the service’ and the 5G roll-out complied with all global standards on health and safety.

Megan, 69, of Hasland Road, said: "It is next to an area of trees which you can walk alongside.

"We should be planting more trees not chopping them down for the sake of a communications mast.

"It would be detrimental to the wildlife living there and we have to make a stand against this.

"It is also in close proximity to residential areas in Spital and these things are not particularly healthy to have near your home.”

Plans for the installation have been submitted to Chesterfield Borough Council by Dot Surveying, on behalf of Hutchinson telecommunications (H3G), with a revised drawing for the site added to the application this month.

A Three spokesperson said: “5G rollout is vital for residents and businesses of Chesterfield. We want to offer the community a reliable network experience and this site will be critical to making that happen.

“Masts needs to be situated where people will be using the service and, in precise locations to ensure the widest breadth of coverage.

"We carry out extensive searches and surveys to evaluate all the options.

"We then choose the option most likely to gain planning approval from the local council. This will include showing we have minimised the impact on residents and the locality.

Planning documents describe 5G, short for ‘fifth-generation mobile networks, as ‘a truly transformational technology’.

H3G says it has written to nearby Hady Primary School and St Peter and St Paul School to explain its proposal.

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