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Residents angered by plans for 18-metre-high 5G phone mast in Newquay – Cornwall Live

Many residents claim it will ‘stick out like a sore thumb’
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Residents in a popular seaside town have shared their outrage over plans to install a 5G mast which will "tower over" a neighbourhood. CK Hutchison Network (UK) is hoping to erect the 18-metre phone mast, on behalf of operator Three, on the footway outside a property in Trenance Avenue in Newquay.
The company said 5G will boost connectivity for businesses and residents in the area. It added that the position of the mast needs to be near residential areas to ensure the "widest breadth of coverage."
A Three UK spokesperson said: “Access to 5G has a vital role to play in boosting local economies, helping residents and businesses get faster and more reliable network coverage. This is why we’re working with the local council in Newquay to roll out the UK’s fastest 5G network so that we can keep everyone connected both now and in the future.
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“While we try to keep mast sites as unobtrusive as possible, they do need to be situated near to where people will be using the service and, in many cases, in precise locations to ensure the widest breadth of coverage.”
However, the plan has angered local residents who fear it will spoil the area. There have been 17 objections already received by Cornwall Council opposing the proposed mast. Many of them are residents in the immediate area who worry that the mast could have a devastating impact on the landscape as well as potentially lead to the devaluation of their house prices.
Stuart and Sue Parkin, whose property sits next to the footway where the 5G mast is proposed to be installed, have said they will be "gutted" to see their home "spoilt" by the mast. Mr Parkin told CornwallLive: "It will be an absolute eye-sore because it will be far too close to my house and visible from all our main windows.
"This is supposed to be our happy retirement home and we have spent a lot of money to get it as we want it. We do not want our lives spoilt by this monstrosity. I also feel it is extremely exposed and not suitable in a residential area."
Mr Parkin continued: "We've also recently revived a lovely Cornish wall at the front of our house but the mast will detract from it. There are loads of other places that are more suitable for the mast to be installed. I understand some people and businesses need 5G but they could put the pole."
Fellow local resident Hannah Williams said: "An 18-metre-high mast would be out of all proportion in this residential area and a complete eyesore which no amount of attempted camouflage would mitigate. There are no buildings over two storeys in the vicinity, so this will stick out like a sore thumb and will not be remotely in keeping with any of the nearby architecture. When we were looking for our house, we discounted anywhere near large power lines or phone masts and other people will do the same, which will have a huge effect on house prices."
David East added: "It's a mere 30 metres from the front of my property and is a monstrosity I do not want to look at. The sheer size of the mast will dominate the area. The proposal will be completely out of character with our residential area, completely change the look and view as you come over the hill, which thousands of holiday makers see every year as they make there (sic) way back down to Trenance caravan park. Not to mention the huge boxes that accompany the mast that will sit in front of a lovely dry stone Cornish wall."
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Mandy Young also said: "The positioning of the mast is totally unacceptable, there are lots of other sites they could have used but they want to put it outside the nicest house on the street, instead. It will stick out like a sore thumb and it will be a bloody monstrosity.
"Surely there has to be a better place for it, we have woods nearby where it could go without affecting a whole neighbourhood. It's going to affect house prices in the area, I mean if you spent lots of money on a house, you wouldn't want that to be outside. It's too close to the residential area and a school."
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