Anger over phone mast planned in front of Billericay sign in Stock Road

Basildon Recorder: Rural – proposed site of the new phone mast Rural – proposed site of the new phone mast

TOWNSFOLK fear plans for a new phone mast could blight people’s view of Billericay if it is put up in front of the town sign.

Residents living in the town have called the plans to put up the 12.5-metre pole in Stock Road “awful” and are demanding Basildon Council rejects the application from O2 and Vodafone.

They turned out in force at a Billericay Town Council meeting on Tuesday night to send a message to planners in Basildon to throw it out.

Phil and Sally Baker, of Stock Road, will look directly on to the pole if it is put up at the junction of their road and Potash Road.

Mr Baker said: “We don’t understand it. We both have perfect mobile coverage and feel Billericay council needs to represent our views more strongly. We don’t want this pole outside our home and have told Basildon Council.”

Keith Lovegrove, another Stock Road resident, added: “I think it’s a disgrace. Billericay council is guilty of cowardice. It needs to stand up and push forward the resident’s views.”

As well as the mast, four equipment cabinets will also be cited on the junction.

It will provide better O2 and Vodafone coverage to north Billericay and was chosen above nine other sites which were rejected for being too remote and for technical reasons. Until recently Vodafone coverage was provided from a mast at Mayflower High School in Stock Road, but that was removed following requests from the school’s governors.

In an attempt to make the telephone pole and cabinets more pleasing, they will be painted green to match the surroundings.

Jim Devlin, a town councillor for west ward, said: “All Billericay Town Council can do is report to Basildon Council. I think the residents are under the impression we can reject the plans, but we can only make a request. We will ask for a planting scheme around the proposed cabinets.”

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8:13am Fri 27 Jul 12

rich.carol says...

We need as many many phone maswts as we can get
We need as many many phone maswts as we can get rich.carol

8:19am Fri 27 Jul 12

rich.carol says...

I live just 2 minutes from there and our service is terrible.We need a mast every 1,000 yards so we can all get good service. Moany minnies. I would have one outside my house, not a problem
I live just 2 minutes from there and our service is terrible.We need a mast every 1,000 yards so we can all get good service. Moany minnies. I would have one outside my house, not a problem rich.carol

11:16am Fri 27 Jul 12

quiksilver100 says...

People don't moan about the 10 metre or so street lights, electric cables or telephone cables. Mobile phone usage is rocketing and we need to accept we need masts just as much as we need electric cables to our homes.
People don't moan about the 10 metre or so street lights, electric cables or telephone cables. Mobile phone usage is rocketing and we need to accept we need masts just as much as we need electric cables to our homes. quiksilver100

1:29pm Fri 27 Jul 12

EthanEdwards says...

Why not move it 50 yards closer to Stock and put it next to the field that only has the pie key horses in it. Not sure but I doubt the horses would be that fussed, and' I'm sure the extra 'scrap metal' will be welcomed with open transit van doors.
Do O2 etc go out of their way to hack off the most people possible
Why not move it 50 yards closer to Stock and put it next to the field that only has the pie key horses in it. Not sure but I doubt the horses would be that fussed, and' I'm sure the extra 'scrap metal' will be welcomed with open transit van doors. Do O2 etc go out of their way to hack off the most people possible EthanEdwards

2:33pm Fri 27 Jul 12

Dan_ says...

The phone signal in outwood common is non-existent! About time!
The phone signal in outwood common is non-existent! About time! Dan_

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