Telephone mast to introduce 5G to Clevedon put forward
PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 June 2019
A plan to build a 5G mast in a conservation area has sparked controversy in Clevedon.
Cornerstone and Vodafone have sought permission from North Somerset Council to install a 15m-high telegraph pole and equipment cabinets.
The companies hope to build the monopole at the junction of Cambridge Road, Castle Road and Wellington Terrace in Clevedon.
Vodafone Limited entered into an agreement with Telefonica UK Limited - also known as O2 - in the hopes of operating and managing a single network grid.
The application agent Chris Andrews, from Sinclair Dalby Limited, wrote: "It will deliver public benefit in terms of mobile services it will provide."
A site by Church of St Mary, in Castle Road, had been considered but was discounted ahead of the rollout of 5G connections.
Mr Andrews added: "The area is residential in character.
There are trees and bushes, both close to the site and in the wider surrounding area, which would provide a high degree of screening to the equipment.
"The proposed development would provide 2G, 3G coverage and 4G coverage to the area for both Vodafone and Telefónica.
"The church was the initial preferred option, however has now been discounted in favour of the application site due to its limitations to be upgraded in the future for 5G technology."
Clevedon Town Council's planning committee raised concerns the radio base station would be within a 'very scenic area' conservation area.
The plans have sparked controversy with conflicting opinions on the plans.
One resident wrote to object saying they were 'horrified' Vodafone is considering the green.
They wrote: "The impact on the residents in this area of old Clevedon, the environment and the views is considerable.
"This is a conservation area with stunning 360-degree views and our understanding is all steps need to be taken to ensure no detrimental impact is made on the area; this surely falls foul in every way."
However other residents have wrote to support the application, saying it was 'long overdue'.
One said: "Clevedon suffers terribly from lack of mobile phone coverage. People rely on their phones these days and if you needed to make an emergency call where there is no coverage then it could affect the outcome."