Phone mast fears from Kirkintilloch residents

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CONCERNED locals have given a frosty reception to phone mast plans in a residential area.

Vodafone Ltd has submitted a planning application for a 14.8 metre high mast at the Shell petrol station, in Glasgow Road, Kirkintilloch.

It will replace an existing mast operated by providers O2 in the grounds of Kirkintilloch Rob Roy’s Adamslie Park. The new mast would be shared by both phone operators. A similar proposal to erect a 16.8 metre high mast at the site was refused by East Dunbartonshire Council last year.

Vodafone say the proposed mast will have less visual impact than the previous application. However, residents have submitted 181 comments about the plans to the council.

They include concerns about installing the mast in a residential area, that it will constrain future development opportunities, the visual impact on the area, and that there are more appropriate sites.

They also claim that in the absence of a guarantee that emissions have no adverse health effects, locating a base station and mast close to houses, many of which are the homes of young children, is unacceptable.

A spokesperson for Vodafone and O2 said: “We have identified that we need to improve the 3G coverage to our customers in Kirkintilloch.

“We recognise that some communities are concerned regarding the deployment of radio base stations close to residential areas, but without them mobile phones will not be able to work. All of our base stations are designed, built and operated in accordance with stringent international guidelines laid down by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection.”

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