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Sutton Coldfield 5G Mast Objections
Residents and councillors not happy about Three's plans to build a 5G mast on 'treasured' Sutton Coldfield green space.
13:58 03 February 2022
Three's proposals to build a 5G mast at the corner of Heath Croft Road and Little Sutton Lane in Mere Green Sutton Coldfield have been approved following a year-long planning battle.
The decision was described by residents and local representatives as an 'absolute disgrace' as it will cause a loss of amenity and green space for the community.
Mobile firm Three's application for the mast was rejected a year before. However, its latest application was approved by Birmingham City Council, with a provision that the mobile company will submit its proposed colour for the mast and cabinets to the city council for approval.
Cllr David Allan (Trinity, Cons.) said: “It’s an absolute travesty, an absolute disgrace. It’s ruining a really lovely bit of green space.
“A lot of residents were against that and they have been disregarded. It’s a disgraceful decision and Birmingham [City Council] should hang their heads in shame.
“There are a number of these 5G masts and it’s too much.
“I think we write a letter in the strongest possible terms against it.
“There’s a proposal to paint it green so it matches the trees.
“You go up Chester Road by The Crown and they have these. It’s an absolute disgrace and makes a complete mockery of the process.
“I don’t accept that there are no other sites.”
The committee’s chair, Cllr Clare Horrocks (Four Oaks, Cons.) said: “I received a number of comments in lockdown that this space wasn’t being mowed.
“During lockdown people were going out and tidying that space themselves. I had so many emails on this bit of land. It’s incredibly sad this has been a lost asset for the community.
“We are very disappointed at the loss of a much-utilised green, open space for the community that very much values that space.”