Furious residents say their concerns about a 5G mobile mast near their homes in Nuneaton have been ignored.
They claim their petition to oppose the 18-metre monopole plus equipment cabinets in Wiclif Way fell on deaf ears.
Several residents in the Wiclif Way and Malvern Avenue also emailed the council directly to raise their concerns and objections to the plans.
Despite this, they say that they were only made aware that the plan had been given the go-ahead after the planning meeting had taken place.
“The surrounding residents are very angry and frustrated as we had a strong argument against the monopole being here and the council has decided to ignore it,” said one of the Wiclif Way residents.
“In a recording of the planning meeting it’s stated that a direct resident has a medical condition that will be severely affected by the mast.
“The council then comment to determine whether they should consider the health of one human being over the ‘benefits of the mast for the community’. And of course, they chose the community like it’s a good thing, when in fact, the mast does not benefit the community; the community does not want it here or need it.”
The resident added that, as a result of the decision of the planning committee last week, they are now looking to move.
“‘I am sure residents in the area of Nuneaton would be interested in hearing how little their feelings, health and opinions matter to Nuneaton and Bedworth Council and planning team,” the householder added.
‘Very sorry to hear about the experience’
In a statement, Councillor Richard Smith, cabinet member for planning and regulation at the Town Hall, apologised if residents felt their views were not heard.
“I am very sorry to hear about the experience and views of the residents in this case,” he said.
“It is always our intention to give people the opportunity to be involved in applications like this one, and the planning applications committee will always do their best to consider residents’ views alongside those of the applicant, to determine every application as best they can.
“In many planning applications, councillors have the difficult task of balancing the interests of immediate residents with the benefits of the development to the wider community, whilst making sure the application conforms with national planning policy guidance, and I do understand that often this can leave people on one side or another disappointed with the final decision.”
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