Dozens of people object to plan for 65ft-tall 5G mast in Wakefield

Plans to build a 65ft-high 5G mast in Wakefield have been met with hostility from residents.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 4:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 5:17 pm
Residents are opposed to the plans

Under the proposals the mast would be put up on Dewsbury Road near the Sainsbury Local at Lupset.

Coun Michael Graham and dozens of residents have objected to the plans,

Coun Graham said: "I do not feel this is a suitable place for a 5G mast and believe there could be more appropriate sites which can be explored.

The proposed mast would form a visually over-dominant and oppressive feature within the street scene towering 10m above existing street lighting and trees."

One comment from a member of the public said: "I object to this facility in a busy residential area. I understand a similar application was refused in the past and fail to see why the circumstances around this application is much different, so should again be rejected on the same grounds.

"As well as being surrounded by housing, this location is very close to a school, an exceptionally busy junction and a number of local public amenities. It would create an obstruction, be unsightly and the anxiety to local residents and parents at the school regarding the perceived health concerns should not be underestimated.

"While I understand that such monopoles are needed, there seems to be a much more appropriate location a short distance up the road in a nearby industrial area."

Another resident said: "This would be a determent to the area and to the people who live along that side of the road. Right be a bus stop where people are commuting everyday. It is far too close to the public and the children's schools.

I pass by there nearly every day and I do not want to see one of these monstrous poles.

But some people commented in support of the proposal.

One person said: "The oft-quoted 'health risks' have been debunked time and time again, and it'll look little different to the streetlight it's proposed to stand next to, which takes care of the two main objections.

"To all the people objecting on health and aesthetic grounds- are you giving up your mobiles, seeing how much you object to the infrastructure required to facilitate them?"

Another said: "I fully support the mast and feel it would be a major benefit. Especially for children that are remote learning and really on a fast signal."