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‘EYESORE’: Rickmansworth residents oppose planning application for telephone mast

 Published on: 31st March 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Townsfolk, a parish council and a school headteacher have all expressed opposition to a new telephone mast to be erected on a main Rickmansworth road.

An application was put forward for a 17.5-metre-high mast with assorted antennae and equipment cabinets to be constructed on the northeast side of Chorleywood Road, just behind the Royal Masonic School for Girls.

A consultation period is currently ongoing, with the decision on the development currently expected for the date of April 8.

Various residents have got in touch with RickyNews and Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) to express their opposition to the mast, with Chorleywood Parish Council also stating their objection to the height, colour, and placement of the instalment.

Naz Panju, a parish councillor for Croxley Green, said: “The phone mast would be better away from the little left greenery on the road and better placed in more built-up areas. 

“Conservation areas and green sites are getting more and more rare in and around Rickmansworth so having this mast as a further eyesore will take away from the natural beauty of the region.”

Another comment, sent from the headteacher at the Royal Masonic School for Girls, near to the mast’s location, also said: “Chorleywood Road is an extremely busy, narrow road. The mast would be far too close to houses on either side of the road as well as the nearby school. 

“To build a new mast here would be a dangerous obstruction to traffic as they drive past, and therefore very dangerous to children. The scale and height of the mast will be highly excessive, highly visible, and out of character with the surrounding area, detracting from the area and its surroundings.”

In a comment, developers Cornerstone said: “We aim to ensure that our telecommunications equipment blends into the area as much as possible while enabling quality digital connectivity to the communities we serve, the proposed site on Chorleywood Road has a backdrop of existing street furniture and mature trees that will reduce the visual impact of the development.

“In addition, we have consulted with the Highways Authority regarding any potential impact of this development on road safety, no objections were received.”

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