PROTESTERS in Cefn Mawr say they are 'delighted' after winning their battle with mobile phone giants O2.
Earlier last month, O2 announced it intended to erect mobile phone masts at the Flexsys Rubber Chemicals Ltd site in Cefn Mawr.
But at a planning committee meeting held last Monday councillors turned down the application because of the perceived health dangers.
The decision was greeted with relief by the 40 concerned residents from Cefn Mawr who braved the torrential rain to protest outside Wrexham's Guildhall before the meeting.
Protest organiser Jan Morris, who has lived in Cefn Mawr for more than 25 years, said: 'Obviously, we are delighted. This is a good result.
'We've worked hard over the last few weeks trying to get our facts together and I think it has finally paid off.
'I think councillors listened to the fact we already live next to a chemicals works, and mobile phone masts would have been one thing too many. We've suffered enough.
'When we went into the public viewing gallery, I think the councillors could see how anxious we were, and when the application was turned down we were ecstatic and relieved.'
But Mrs Morris warned they would not be complacent despite the victory, and confirmed the protest group would continue to meet: 'It is still early days. We know O2 will probably appeal, and if that happens, we will be armed and ready.'
During the meeting, resident Janet Williams from the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW) outlined the potential health risks of living near high levels of radiation.
Only Marford and Hoseley councillor Michael Edwards voted to support the application, claiming that Wrexham Council could face costs if O2's appeal is successful.
Cllr Edwards said: 'The Welsh Assembly have given councillors guidelines that we are not to take into account potential health risks because they have not been proven conclusively.
'Aesthetically, the masts would have been no worse than the chimneys in Cefn Mawr, so I couldn't object to the application on those grounds either.
'But by law, if an application is rejected and then overturned on appeal, Wrexham Council could face costs if the Appeal Committee decide the original application should have been approved. That's why I voted for the proposal.'
A spokeswoman for O2 said the rejection was 'disappointing', and added that a decision regarding an appeal would be made within the next few weeks.