Parent's petition bid to halt mobile phone mast plan

PUBLISHED: 13:25 23 January 2006 | UPDATED: 21:39 28 May 2010

CONCERNED parents are among those who have put their names to a petition against plans to build a mobile phone mast close to a Whittlesey primary school. Mother-of-two Michelle Esposito, of Otago Road, started the petition when Vodafone submitted proposal

CONCERNED parents are among those who have put their names to a petition against plans to build a mobile phone mast close to a Whittlesey primary school.Mother-of-two Michelle Esposito, of Otago Road, started the petition when Vodafone submitted proposals to Fenland planners to build the mast on a grass verge next to Alderman Jacobs Primary School."I know we all use mobiles, but to put the mast next to a school and in a residential area is ridiculous," she said."Parents with children at the school have signed the petition, as well as residents in neighbouring streets."Nobody wants the mast to go there, and everyone has been very supportive."The site is on an open piece of grass verge. There are no trees or buildings to disguise it, and it will be an eyesore."If given the green light, the 10-metre-high mobile phone mast will be placed at the junction of Drybread Road, Bassenhally Road and Otago Road - just metres from the school.So far, Mrs Esposito has about 50 signatures, and hopes to collect more than 100 to take to the planning office.She added: "I know of two previous phone mast applications which have been turned down in Whittlesey, and residents objected against those. One proposed site was near the fire station, and another for the other end of Drybread Road."I know there are no proven health risks involved with these masts, but this one shouldn't be put so close to the school," she said.


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