Wednesday, 24 June 2020

UPDATED WITH BRENT COUNCIL STATEMENT: Dismay over 'ugly' lockdown 5G mast installations

Church Lane, Kingsbury
Multiple cabinet on Fryent Way
Mast on Fryent Way
Residents have been in contact over installations of 5G masts and associated cabinets over the lockdown period.

The government is determined to be in the forefront of  5G installation ('world beating'?) and relaxed planning constraints.  At locations where masts already exist the default position is to allow the new installation.

The phone companies can give notice of proposed installation under Permitted Development Rights to the planning authority and if the authority does not respond within 56 days they can go ahead as 'Deemed Consent' is assumed.

Given the fact that councils are busy with coping with Covid19 the 56 days can elapse before a  response is made.  Sheffield City Council had to issue an apology LINK.
Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability at Sheffield City Council, said: “The Council apologises for this mistake but hope people will understand we are operating in extraordinary circumstances which have led to these oversights occurring. We understand residents’ depth of feeling about the location of these masts and we are sorry that they were not properly determined within the time limit.'
Were the phone companies taking advantage of local councils' correctly prioritising the protection of residents as a result of the Covid19 crisis?

The cabinets that are installed at the base of the masts reflect the different competing companies and makes one wonder about one positive by-product of nationalisation in that the number would be reduced!

Apart from it being an 'eye sore' local residents in Church Lane have pointed out the collision danger posed to local residents by the extensive installation.   The Fryent Way installation is only 200 yards from the already extensive set of masts and cabinets at the Salmon Street/Fryent Way roundabout and is on the border of the Country Park.

Did Brent Council give planning permission for these installations and were alternative sites considered?

Other Brent residents as they get out and about after lockdown may see other recent installations - do let us know what you think.

UPDATE June 30th

A Brent Council spokesperson said:

“Planning permission was sought for both installations last year. Consultation was undertaken, with letters sent out and site notices put up.  The potential impacts of the installations were considered and planning permission granted. Government policy supports the expansion of electronic communications networks, including next generation mobile technology (such as 5G) and full fibre broadband connections. Legislation also allows for small scale apparatus to be installed as part of a deemed approval process. Under these rules the Council has limited control and must decide the case within a fixed time period. If the latter is not met this defaults to an automatic consent.”

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

1. Church Lane pavement = public realm.

2. & 3. Welcome to Fryent Country Park.

Anonymous said...

Hello... My family and I live in Kingsbury and not far from where the mast on Church lane is. We can also actually see it from our back garden as it is so tall. It is a monstrosity and a real eye sore. My family and I were never contacted over the installation of that 5G mast over the lockdown period. We've never received any letters or emails about it. You can imagine the shock when we saw it. It dominates the little corner shop area and towers over everything. We are really not happy about it and want it to come down. We are also worried about how this mast impacts on our health and our children's health. Companies cannot get away with doing things like that without proper consultation with the residents and the council. We would love to know who gave permission for it to go up and an enquiry into it please. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

The effect is minor, almost trivial, on people's lives. Worry about more important matters.

Throw in the health angle, why not? Even if the radio signal when you lift a phone to your ear is far, far stronger than that of a mobile phone mast. Anyone worried about "health and their children's health" should avoid using mobile phones.