There is growing anger in a small Cornish village over plans to erect a massive 5G cell tower. Villagers in Cripplesease, in the moors between penzance Y Saint Ivesthey are furious with the plan to build the mast which they fear will completely denature their village, will be an eyesore and will dominate the entire rural area around them.
Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited has submitted a planning application to Cornish Council for the monopole mast, complete with three antennas, a GPS module and two cabinets for radio equipment. If approved, the mast would be located opposite ‘The Wink’ in the village.
The company said that the installation of the mast will help provide 5G technology to this part of the Duchy. 5G is the new generation of wireless technology that aims to deliver reliable and faster networks of the future. The company said the technology “will deliver huge benefits for citizens, businesses and urban regions alike, while 5G will also offer a new level of underlying connectivity to transform services and create new digital ecosystems.”
A spokesperson said: “5G is the next generation of mobile connectivity and brings us a new level of experience. It will offer immense opportunities, given the faster and more reliable connectivity that it will provide. We will experience new technologies that will help us be more efficient and save costs as individuals or companies.”
The proposal has not gone down very well with local residents, as they fear its encroachment on an area of natural beauty. Cornwall Council has already received 42 objections with no one in favor of the plan.
Annie Philip said: “This inevitably unsightly mast would have a severe negative impact on the occupants of the many residences in close proximity. There must be a less intrusive way to improve mobile phone reception in the town of Nancledra.”
Julie Day agreed, calling the mast “another blot on the landscape.” She said: “The 20 meter height will make the mast visible for miles around. The controversial radiation on 5G of the mast and the proximity to the houses in the area is totally unacceptable”.
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Barbara Tremain said that the mast would be an unsightly addition to a beautiful part of Cornwall. She said: “It would be a real eyesore in such an iconic landscape, and a problem for those sensitive to radio and microwaves. Granted, the area could use a better cell phone signal, but the ones with the problem are mostly in the valleys. At the top of the hills, where this mast would be, it is possible to get a signal for most phone users. There is no guarantee that those in the valleys will have any improvement in their phone signal.
“The mobile leisure benefit is seen as a mental health asset, as is the beauty of the West Cornwall AONB around Nancledra – the two combined should be promoted as a health benefit and not ruined by this suggested mast.”
Sophie Wilkinson agreed, adding: “I am very opposed to this monstrosity of this eye pain. This is a course with incredible wildlife and stunning views. I don’t want to be looking out my window at a big green stick.”