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Woodingdean residents organise phone mast demonstration

Sarah Green October 4, 2016

Woodingdean residents to stage a public protest against Brighton & Hove City Council.

web-600This follows an error by city planners which resulted in permission being granted by default for the erection of a 12.5 metre telephone mast and two equipment cabinets on Warren Road in front of the area’s historic cottages.

The Council refused permission for the telecommunications company’s application to erect a mast and cabinet but failed to issue the decision notice outlining the refusal in the required statutory time of 56 days. Therefore, under the regulations, planning permission is granted by default.

Cllr Dee Simpson
Cllr Dee Simpson

Woodingdean Ward Councillors, Dee Simson and Steve Bell, who will both be at the demonstration, said: “We urge as many residents as possible to come along to the protest and show the Council the strength of feeling there is locally about this whole situation. It is now incumbent upon the Council, having made the blunder, to put right their error by whatever means possible. The residents certainly won’t take this lying down.”

The demonstration will take place on Tuesday, October 4 at 3.30pm on the grass verge outside the cottages where the mast is due to be placed.