Wakefield 5G Mast Plans
Plans to build a 57ft-tall mast in Wakefield to push through despite local objections.
05:35 07 November 2022
Wakefield Council's planning committee has recently approved proposals to build a five-storey tall 5G mast on Silcoates Lane in Wrenthorpe. The approval was made despite local objections.
Although 5G masts are essential to modernising the UK's mobile phone networks, many objects to having them built in their neighbourhood often because they harm the surrounding's appearance and are often described as an eye sore due to their massive sizes.
A comment posted to Wakefield Council’s planning committee said: “Why anyone would see fit to place this eyesore next to a children's play area is beyond me! We have perfectly good internet and communication services in the area so what exactly is the point in this potentially dangerous eyesore? To download something a few seconds quicker?!”
Another said: “I don't agree with the location, it is next to the children’s park, why would anyone want to take their babies to the park to sit under a 20m mast.
"It will also be an unsightly view. I am sure there are other locations more suitable and out of the way.”
One resident said: “5G infrastructure is very much welcome in the neighbourhood, we need better connectivity for the future residents of the village.
“The health risk of the newer towers is greatly reduced with the advancement in technology and they use far less power to deliver the same kind of signal strength compared to old cell phone towers.
"I fully support this installation as it poses no risk to the children using the park.”