Vodafone unveil new phone mast proposal
VODAFONE have unveiled plans for a base station with 15m-high mast at Whiting Way, Wells.
Having met strong opposition to proposals for base stations at Strawberry Way and Bath Road, they are hoping for a more positive response to the new plans. They are currently engaged in a pre-application consultation process.
Wells city councillors who discussed the scheme at a planning committee meeting on October 19 agreed that the site, near the entrance to the Waitrose car park, is an improvement on the previous sites.
“A site has to be found and the last two were totally unsuitable,” said planning committee chairman and deputy mayor Councillor Celia Wride.
The Vodafone and Telefonica proposal is for a 15m replica telegraph pole mast and two associated small radio equipment cabinets. In a statement, they said: “Vodafone and Telefonica customers expect to be able to use their mobiles and devices where they live, work and travel. Base stations are low powered devices which cover approximately half a mile in radius, therefore we have to put base stations close to our customers.
“Vodafone and Telefonica identified that they need to improve the coverage to their customers in Wells and have proposed a base station in Whiting Way, close to the Waitrose car park. We are now consulting with the local community on this proposal. The proposed development will provide 2G, 3G and 4G coverage to Vodafone and Telefonica customers.”
Wells MP James Heappey said: “There has been a long running campaign for better mobile phone signal in Wells. It is great to see the mobile companies are answering that call. Local residents will also be able to contribute their views with the planning process which accompanies these projects.”