Royston 5G Mast Application
An application to build an 18m 5G mast outside Royston Evangelical Church is now under consultation.
08:59 25 August 2021
CH Hutchison Networks (UK) has formally submitted an application to install a 5G mast outside Royston Evangelical Church, near the Burns Road housing estate. The proposal is now under consultation.
Some residents have raised their concern about a potential mast on land by the church although the church is not involved in the application.
Matthew O'Brien, who lives in Willowside Way, told the Crow: "We are against the locating of a massive eyesore of a mast in a residential area close to Roman Way Academy when there are other areas nearby were it could be located.
"I am using a mobile phone now, it's 4G, and I am not against 5G. However, I think - like a lot of the residents have said - the concern is the location and the size. I am not against 5G, There are some people who are against 5G for various reasons, but I am not.
"There are comments in the application that say it has vertical lines that will match with the lampposts. But its 18m high, it will overshadow everyone's gardens. It's on one of the gateways into the town so it will look terrible.
"We have a very large industrial estate, and you could build something a little bit taller so you get the same coverage but that would be better for residents.
"The actual pole they are proposing to put up is for one company, so that implies more could be built. What will stop companies saying let's build another, and then two or three go up?
A Three spokesman said: “5G rollout is vital for residents and businesses of Royston. We want to offer the community a reliable network experience and this site will be critical to making that happen.
“Masts need 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.”