Jan 20 2011 by Gary Porter, Chester Chronicle
Mobile phone giants Vodafone and O2 withdraw application for mast in Boughton Heath, Chester
PLANS for a 15m high mobile phone mast in Boughton Heath have been put on hold following confusion over land ownership.
An application by Vodafone and O2 to build a mast with six antennas on the pavement next to land off Caldy Valley Road was withdrawn on Monday.
The Chronicle understands that the proposal was scrapped because the site is owned by ScottishPower, rather than being a public highway.
Mono Consultants, acting on behalf of the two mobile phone giants, confirmed they are now looking for a fresh location in the area.
Residents are relieved that the application to Cheshire West and Chester Council has been withdrawn, but are remaining on their guard with a fresh proposal expected in the near future.
Ken Jackson, who has lived on the estate for nearly 20 years, said: “We were opposed to it because of the height and it seemed a very odd place to put it. A green area like this is invaluable in a big estate.
“I’ve spoken to between 10 and 15 residents. Quite a number of people were ready to write and object to it.
“We just need to be aware that they might return.”
Landlord Andrew Morton, who owns a property in Delves Walk, says he contacted ScottishPower about the issue and claims it put a stop to the proposal, adding: “I’m delighted with them, they’ve stepped up to the mark.”
A spokesman for ScottishPower said the first the energy firm knew about the plan was on Monday and said talks were taking place with the applicant.
She added: “If it’s on our land we will be objecting to it.”
Robert Sarson, agent for Mono Consultants, said: “The application has been withdrawn due to land ownership reasons, but there is still a requirement for 3G communication coverage.
“We will be looking for an alternative location in the general area.”
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