There’s anger over plans to put up a mobile phone mast close to the award winning Water Gardens in the town.
Planning chiefs have received a proposal from Vodafone to install a temporary communications mast on Leighton Buzzard Road adjacent to the gardens.
If given the go ahead the tower would be 74ft high, have three antennas and two microwave dishes attached to it. Householders living close to the proposed site have expressed their concern on the council’s website.
One said: “There will be more screeches of brakes, horns beeping when vehicles approaching from the magic roundabout are confronted by this monstrosity on the side of the road by an extremely busy pedestrian crossing, yes drivers should be more alert but they’re not.”
Another commented: “The tower would be so high that it would be visible from most, if not all, houses along the north end of Cotterells and I am shocked that only a few properties directly adjacent have been sent this application information.
This would be an eye-sore that may well have influenced our decision to buy last December should it have already been present.”
A spokesman for Dacorum Borough Council said: “This is not a formal planning application but a notification by the operator to the council that the structure will be put in place relying on relevant legislation to permit it. The council is not the owner of the land where the structure is proposed and cannot exercise any control by that route.”
In a statement to HemelNews Vodafone 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.
“In Hemel Hempstead we have identified that, due to removal of a base station in the local network, a temporary mobile phone base station is needed. This temporary site at Leighton Buzzard Road will provide network coverage to our customers.”