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Inspector to rule on phone mast plan


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t is a subject many in Abbots Langley are familiar with – the on-going battle to build a


phone mast in Hazelwood Lane. After breathing a sigh of relief when the latest


phone mast application was rejected by Three Rivers District Council, now the phone giant Telefonica is appealing against the decision. Telefonica, the global communications which


owns O2 submitted its application last year. It was finally rejected by Three Rivers District Council following a public meeting. The phone giant was proposing a 12.5m high


street style monopole supporting six antennas to be built on Hazelwood Lane. However, the application was met with


objections by residents and the local primary schools. Peter Scott, from the Hillside Residents‘


Association, told My Abbots News: ―They are forever telling us that the mast is not dangerous, but it hasn‘t been proven either way. ―The area they hope to build it will be close to


three of our primary schools, yet the health risks have not been looked into. The safety aspect is a


Hazelwood Lane in Abbots Langley.


high concern for us.‖ Another concern was the visual impact. Peter added: ―As with the previous


applications, we feel alternative sites have not been given enough consideration – what about the space near the film studio.‖ The deadline for comment on the appeal is


Wednesday, June 6. At the time of print for My Abbots News,


Telefonica was unavailable for comment. Have your say. Email tori@mynewsmag.co.uk. by Tori Giglio


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