Mast Outside Derby Pub Considered Inappropriate
Councillors object to 5G mast plans in Mickleover.
08:21 21 November 2020
Vodafone has recently submitted an application to build a new 17.5-metre 5G mast outside The Robin pub in Mickleover. Worried councillors, who say that the mast would "severely impact" nearby homes, branded the application as "unacceptable".
In a letter of objection, Mickleover councillors Matthew Holmes, Alison Holmes and Miles Pattison, said: "We must relay our strongest objections to this proposed location. It would severely impact nearby residential properties and the local amenity.
"To impose such a significant installation in a residential district centre pedestrian shopping area is unacceptable.
"The mast at a height of the mast will represent an imposing and unnecessary addition within the vicinity placed in this location.
"There is already a mast installation close by on the junction with East Avenue, therefore offering the required coverage location that is being sought. "
Vodafone's application is part of its plan to deliver 5G technology to as many cities and towns as possible. 5G is said to be the latest "transformational technology" in the field of mobile communication. It is expected to anchor innovative applications, including in the fields of healthcare and internet of things (IoT) among others.
Despite the possible benefits that it can offer, many people have claimed that 5G technology has an adverse impact on human health and many conspiracy theorists have claimed that it is the cause of the coronavirus pandemic. Both claims have been emphatically dismissed by experts.