Harrow Council’s planning committee have given approval for a 20-metre high 5G mast in Elizabeth Gardens, Stanmore.
Plans for a new mast in Harrow were approved despite some concerns from members of the public. The plans were objected by Conservative councillors but Labour members of the committee reccomended it’s approval.
One person said: ” I strongly object to the current proposed position of a 20m high monopole and two large equipment cabinets. This 5G mast would be right in front of Council flats blocking outlook and causing lack of light by the size of the equipment.
In addition, at the far end of Elizabeth Gardens is a sheltered Housing Association with many vulnerable elderly residents.
They added, “Directly opposite on Marsh Lane is a well supported nursery of very young children. I request moving the position of this monstrous mast and large equipment cabinets nearer to Stanmore Marsh on the former Gas Works site away from such close proximity of housing developments, risking health hazards.”
Another concerned resident said: “I object to the currrent proposed position of the 20m high monopole and suggest that an alternative location further along Marsh Lane where there are no residences (i.e opposite gas works) should be considered. Trying to disguise a 20m pole behind the trees is not a well thought out proposal especially as residences face this position.
“I strongly object and hope that Harrow Council refuse this application in the current proposed location. I am not opposed to the 5G Network just to the position of the pole. Please relocate away from Elizabeth gardens and I will withdraw my objection.”
Cllr Marilyn Ashton, deputy leader of Harrow Conservatives, said: “I don’t have a problem with this technology – we all use our phones and we all want to be connected in this day and age.
“But this particular site is in a built-up, residential area with people living in reasonably close proximity to this huge installation.
“This is not an appropriate site. If I lived nearby, I’d be concerned, and rightly so.”
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