Hove 5G Mast Protest
Hove residents band together in a fight against 5G plan for Park Lodge on Dyke Road.
19:31 21 July 2021
Residents on Dyke Road in Hove have raised their objections against proposed plans to build 12 masts on the roof of Park Lodge.
The plans, which were submitted to the local council by Cornerstone on behalf of Telefonica UK and its network-sharing partner Vodafone, have caused outrage to leaseholders and tenants in the six-storey block of 43 flats. They said last year Cornerstone has already installed masts on the roof of the Territorial Army barracks across the road for 02 and Vodafone.
Valerie Bundy started a campaign against masts on the roof more than 20 years ago and said she was prepared to fight on.
She said: “Urgent action is needed because of the land grab by these telecoms companies. The plan will completely change how the building looks for us and also people in the surrounding area. It will also impact on the park, as we have trees which we think are ancient elms, and they’re talking about cutting trees back and there are bats and other forms of wildlife there.”
The residents have earned the support of Cllr Bagaeen and his fellow Conservative councillor Vanessa Brown, who both represent Hove Park ward.
Cllr Bagaeen said: “This is an awful, awful application that should not be granted. It has a chequered history with the explanation of what’s happening at the TA building.”