Saturday 25 November 2017

Petition launched against 25 metre high Welsh Harp phone mast - please sign

Cllr Roxanne Mashari (Labour, Welsh Harp) has launched a petition against the proposed erection of a 25 metre high phone mast on the Welsh Harp. You can sign the petition HERE

The petition to Brent Planning Department says:

Stop the building of a 25 metre phone mast in the beautiful Welsh Harp Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) which is the largest nature reserve in Greater London.

Why is this important?

The Welsh Harp is the only Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in Brent or Barnet and is home to a wide and rich diversity of wildlife.

We are concerned by evidence suggesting a detrimental impact of wireless cell towers on wildlife as well as the building of such a visibly obstructive structure on the appearance and openness of this piece of Metropolitan Open Land. We believe that to give permission to this structure runs contrary to Brent Council's policy on the Protection and Enhancement of Open Space, Sports and Biodiversity.

The proposed improvement of 3G coverage resulting from the mast would appear to only benefit a very small area and is disproportionate to the greater disruption of land and surrounding wildlife.
The Welsh Harp is a truly unique and important site to local residents but also in its wider scientific, ecological and natural beauty value across London. It is our responsibility to preserve it for generations to come.

We therefore strongly object to the approval of this site for the construction of a Mobile Telephone Mast under application PA 17/4597.

To comment on the planning application individually please follow this LINK


Anonymous said...

A petition? Surely its much more sensible to write any comments on the planning portal.
Unless that is, the petition will be handed to Cllr Butt in one of his secret meetings with the developers. That way he can (allegedly - according to Mr Grant's sources) tell people on the committee how to vote.

Anonymous said...

Apologies for appearing cynical but why has she only just lifted her head to do this. Bit late off the blocks isn't she.

Anonymous said...

The other article on this site clearly states that Mashari was consulted on this development in the early stages and did not make any comments. It's weak of her to try and get a bandwagon going now when she missed her chance to shoot this terrible plan down at the very start.

Martin Francis said...

Nevertheless I think a cross-party and non-party campaign is the best chance of defeating the proposal. It is important not to rely on the petition (one councillor remarked at a meeting 'anyone can sign a petition') but also to put in individual objections. The petition can help publicise the issue and point people to the planning portal.