Southsea 5G Mast Objection
Residents call on Portsmouth City Council to reject proposals to build a 5G mast in Southsea.
13:13 14 December 2021
Residents of Devonshire Avenue have called on the local council to reject proposals to build a 5G mast on their road as it could potentially 'reduce the size of one of the only green spaces in the area'.
Darren Reeves, who lives opposite the chosen location said: 'This increasingly rare and valued green space within our community will be severely impacted should this planning application go ahead. We all appreciate this island with lovely mature tree as well as the annual daffodils display.
'I fail to see why our neighbourhood should be subjected to a loss of this treasured amenity when there is significant commercial and industrial space just metres to the north either at the Pompey Centre or Fratton Goods Yard where a larger mast with greater range could surely be erected.'
CK Hutchison Networks (UK) Ltd says that the 5G mast is needed to address the need for better connectivity in the area.
'To bring this new technology to the people [we] will need to provide a mix of upgrades to existing sites and the building of new sites,' it said.
'New sites will be needed for many reasons, including that the higher radio frequencies used for 5G do not travel as far as those frequencies currently in use and that sometimes not all existing sites can be upgraded. In this area there is an acute need for a new mast to deliver the above.'