FAMILIES turned out in force to say no to a phone mast planned right next to their Best Kept Village sign.
Children also wait for the school bus 20 metres from the O2 site in Bunbury and those living nearby are drawing up battle plans to fight the proposal.
Nick Parker, who chairs the anti-mast meetings, said: 'They have had a rather cavalier manner in a place close to where people live. I know of other places offered by farmers.
'If O2 were willing to meet us and landowners with a view to siting a mast away from dwellings and hope-fully hidden from view we would be supportive.
'We are not saying we will fight against every proposed mast. It is O2's approach coupled with the relaxed planning process which has caused much of the concern.
'We also question the need for an O2 mast. At a meeting I asked people with O2 phones if they had coverage problems and not one did so.'
Joining the Bunbury village protest, Eddisbury MP Stephen O'Brien said: 'I fully support local people in their objections. Communications should not be at the expense of the well-being of local people.'
O2's community relations manager Jim Stevenson said: 'We have looked at the area and we have had about 12 complaints in the last six months from members of the public who pass through the area saying they are not getting enough service.
'So we have designed it to put a mast to satisfy the needs of our customers.
'We are always looking at alternatives. Once it has gone through planning that is not the end of the story. We have got outline planning permission but we want to make sure we talk to people concerned.'