· The fact that such an event can take place without any consultation with local residents is not only completely unsatisfactory but in this democratic era and requirement of the Council to consult quite simply an outrage.
· We believe the attitude displayed by the Council and the mobile companies to be ‘Cavalier’ and ‘dismissive of local residents’
· We understand that planning permission is not required for putting up such a mast. Although it is required for a mast of 15 meters or more. This seems an entirely arbitrary and illogical rule and needs to be addressed.
· This mast is a blot on the streetscape and cluttering the streets with this type of ugliness is what the Council is supposed to be getting rid of, not increasing.
· We understand that if this application was made in the Borough of Wandsworth it would be turned down. This has been the case for some years.
· Why is this not possible in Merton? We assume because Merton does not care about the streets or the residents.
· We feel this will have a negative effect on property prices in the area and also the renting of shops.
· Masts like this should be located on pre-existing sites, and/or away from residential areas
· We understand that application for a mast was made by Vodaphone 5 years ago and was strongly resisted by residents, Councillors and yourself.
· How is it possible for them to come along five years later and put one up?
· The fact that no mast was erected then or subsequently up to now indicates that it was not really needed.
· Many people are concerned about the health effect of radiation from masts. The effect of this mast being erected may well cause considerable anxiety to those living in the immediate vicinity.
· We consider that a “precautionary approach” should be taken when it comes to health, especially in areas with a high number of young children.
· This mast is in the middle of a densely populated residential area, opposite a health centre and close to many nurseries and schools.
A petition is being organised by Sarah Womack
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