APPROVAL has been given for a new telephone mast despite a ward councillor’s argument that it will be a “dominant, incongruous feature” and not wanted by residents.
The application for the mast came from Vodaphone, who wanted to site a 12.5m telecoms pole and associated equipment cabinet on land to the rear of Drake Court, Merlin Close, Chafford Hundred.
Local ward councillor Garry Hague, argued it would be a blight on the local landscape.
Cllr Hague was initially denied the right to speak because chair, cllr Hipsey said the proper process had not been followed for him to do so, but cllr Hague twice interjected at the start of consideration of the matter and in the end, after officers were forced to acknowledge that another ward councillor,. Simon Wootton, had given them written notice of cllr Hague’s intention to speak, he was allowed to make his point.
Cllr Hague added: “As ward members we have a duty as members to represent our residents’ concerns and they are very concerned because of its size. It is a dominant and incongruous feature in its setting that will dominate the site and most of Chafford Hundred East will see it sticking out above trees. Because of its high position it will be overbearing to the street scene and local environment – which doesn’t even mention the health concerns of residents.”
However, Cllr Hague’s argument failed to win over most of the planning committee. Two, Cllrs Barry Johnson and Barry Palmer, voted against it and Cllr Phil Anderson abstained, but six others backed the application.