A plan for a new 5G mast in a residential area of Lawrence Weston has sparked anger among some people living in the area.
Major telecommunications company Three submitted an application to the council in July 2021 “to determine if prior approval is required” to build the 18 metre tall mast.
They hope to build it on The Gastons, which they say will help local people and businesses get “faster and more reliable network coverage”.
But residents have expressed concern over the location where the mast would be built, and there have been over 50 objections to the planning application since August 27.
One resident, Ms Ellen Howard, worried about the impact on the natural landscape.
She said: “At 18 metres the proposed mast would tower above the adjacent trees, the tallest of which is five metres with another opposite at 15 metres, and numerous private dwellings.
“This is an area of open character, with wonderful views, so it would totally dominate the skyline, blocking the view of nearby residents, disturbing the mental and visual serenity of residents and visitors in a highly populated residential area.”
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Another, Miss Fatima Montero, had similar worries, but was also concerned about the possibility of radiation coming from the tower.
She said: “It would be unsightly and unpleasant having an 18m tower near our homes. I also suffer from anxiety and having such a tall mast near my home adds to my stress and worries.
“I am also concerned about the radiation emitted from the tower and there are schools, residents and places of nature nearby which are at risk. Please consider building this mast elsewhere, it is not welcome here.”
Another, Mr Julian Miles, pointed out that the new mast would be quite close to local facilities, and claimed that it would only be 268 metres away from Our Lady of the Rosary RC Primary School and 170m away from a care home for the elderly.
They also pointed out it would be near to wildlife, and said: “This proposed 18m (59ft) 5G mast could adversely affect young children, households with families, elderly residents and a variety of wildlife including birds, small mammals and vital pollinating insects.”
However, there are some locals who have supported the application.
One person said: “I neither knew nor cared about this until somebody put a pamphlet through my door. I have researched/fact checked every point made in that pamphlet as well as reading all of the application documents in full.
“I also went and had a look at a 5G tower which is already in place and am fully satisfied that there are zero risks to health and that it would blend in like a street lamp.
“I’m also in support of the 5G network growing. Sorry to the person who spammed my mailbox with conspiracy theories but I’m now supporting this application having not cared previously.”
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And Three also believe that the mast could be extremely useful for the local area.
A spokesperson said: “Access to 5G has a vital role to play in boosting local economies, helping residents and businesses get faster and more reliable network coverage.
“This is why we’re working with the local council in Bristol to roll out the UK’s fastest 5G network so that we can keep everyone connected both now and in the future.
“While we try to keep mast sites as unobtrusive as possible, they do need to be situated where people will be using the service and, in precise locations to ensure the widest breadth of coverage.
“They must also be tall enough to transmit over nearby buildings and trees to meet regulations and to ensure the signal can reach as many people as possible.
“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.”
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