Tory MP objects to new 5G mast but it’s getting built anyway

Planning chiefs have approved proposals for the installation of a new 25-metre high 5G mast in Southport despite objections from the town's MP.

Conservative MP Damien Moore sent a letter to Sefton Council 's planning committee which "reiterated comments by objectors regarding health risks".

Objections to the mast, which will be situated on Slaidburn Crescent industrial estate, were received from people living on nearby roads.

They mentioned, among other things, "the incidence of cancer victims in Seacroft Crescent, with the mast said to have been a major influence on the development of this condition", and "health problems including sleep deprivation".

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Mr Moore also asked that the application was dismissed or postponed until a later date due to the current pandemic.

But planners said suggestions the development could pose health risks were "incorrect".

Planning officer Neil Mackie said health-related claims were made "without foundation" and therefore "carried no weight in the consideration of the application."

He also said objectors' concerns did not warrant an unending delay to the application.

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Southport MP Damien Moore

And during a planning committee meeting, which took place this afternoon via video-link, the plans were approved.

The new 25m mast will replace an existing 20m high monopole, and will be shared between applicants EE and Hutchison 3G, which trades as Three UK.

Other plans approved during the meeting included permission for an off licence on Southbank Road in Southport to operate as a restaurant and new events space, hotel rooms and a restaurant extension at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (CLAC).

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Despite objections from the nearby Royal Hotel, CLAC was granted approval for improvement works.

During the meeting, Cllr Bob McCann said: " Let's give recognition to this objection. For me, it seems to be a different sort of an offer to what the Royal is offering. But I do think it's important we do recognise their objection."

Planning officer Steven Healey echoed this, saying: "Business competition isn't a planning issue per say.

"But as Cllr McCann has said, the site has a different offering to the Royal."