09:25AM, Thursday 12 February 2015
A mobile phone company’s plan to install a 15 metre high base station in a residential street in Windsor has been met with strong opposition by residents.
Telefonica UK (O2) has asked the Royal Borough for permission to build it on a verge at the junction of Bulkeley Avenue and St Leonards Road.
But residents say the mast could endanger children living nearby and could decrease house prices by 30 per cent.
The proposed site is less than 100 metres from Asquith Nursery and Little Monkey's Nursery in St Leonards Road.
Paul Markham, who lives in Bulkeley Avenue, said: "No long term health studies have been completed and my three-year-old son would be sleeping seven metres away from the mast.
"We have two young boys and will be so worried about what we are subjecting them to if this goes ahead."
Telefonica already has one phone mast across the road from Bulkeley Avenue at Stag Meadow, the home of Windsor FC.
Paul feels the football ground provides an obvious alternative to building on a residential street.
Kevin Stott, director at Windsor FC, said: "We would welcome any talks with Telefonica.
"We've got a spare site that has recently been vacated by Orange which is more than suitable for what Telefonica needs."
Telefonica applied to build a 17.5-metre base station in Bulkeley Avenue back in October but withdrew the application a day before a planning decision was due.
Ilana Clark, community liaison officer for CTIL, Telefonica's site installation manager, said: "Vodafone and O2 customers expect to be able to use their mobile devices where they live, work and travel.
"This is the second proposal for a base station at this location, the first was withdrawn and the proposed installation was redesigned to be less visually intrusive."
A decision is expected to be made by the council by Monday, March 16.
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