A demonstration this Saturday to protest at the possible siting of a mobile phone mast attracted large numbers of local residents. Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Wayne Hoban, who helped to organise the protest, says that Vodafone must think again about its proposal to install a 12-metre high mobile phone mast on the public open land sited at the junction of Albert Road and Durnsford Road, in his Alexandra ward.

The application has been submitted only a few short months after local residents mounted a vigorous campaign opposing the installation of an O2 mobile phone mast on a nearby factory site in Albert Road. The campaign was ultimately unsuccessful because O2 did not require planning permission under current legislation.

Lib Dems say that many legitimate concerns remain over health risks associated with mobile phone masts.

Local councillor Wayne Hoban comments:

“The strength of the protest this weekend means that Vodafone must surely think again.We will be keeping up the pressure on the company to reconsider this proposal, as local residents do not want this mast on open land.”