MP lends support to mobile phone mast campaigners

Melton MP Alan Duncan at the scene of a residents' protest against a planned Vodafone mobile phone mast in Grange Drive, Melton EMN-150303-171425001

Melton MP Alan Duncan at the scene of a residents' protest against a planned Vodafone mobile phone mast in Grange Drive, Melton EMN-150303-171425001

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Melton MP the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan has visited the site of a residents’ protest against a planned mobile phone mast in the town.

He spoke to a group of around 15 campaigners who have resumed their fight to prevent the pole being erected by Vodafone, six years after the householders successfully battled to stop the telecoms giant putting it up.

Melton Council gave the company permission to install the mast on the corner of Grange Drive and Sapcote Drive in 2009 and because preliminary work was carried out at the site that approval remains in place.

But residents continue to oppose the plans, on the ground it will damage their health, and have parked a caravan next to where the pole would go to prevent any work taking place, just as they did in that first protest campaign.

Mr Duncan, who has written to Vodafone to oppose the mast, said: “I can’t believe Vodafone have resurrected this idea and they haven’t told anyone about it.

“It would be right outside a child’s bedroom if it went up and I can’t believe they can’t find just as good a location for the mast on top of a hill or somewhere else.”

Vodafone said last week it had a commitment to improve 3G and 4G services for Melton customers and needed to install a mobile phone mast to do it but that it was reviewing its options for where it could be put up.