5G mast plan thrown out


Wirral Council has rejected a proposal for a 16 metre high mobile phone mast in West Kirby.

Dozens of residents came together to fight the plans for the structure on Sandy Lane, which would have had six antennas at the top and three cabinets at ground level, describing it as “a blot on a beautiful landscape”.

Organiser Sally Mayhew told West Kirby Today: “We’re delighted with the outcome. So many neighbours worked hard to get this result, helped by our local councillors and MP Margaret Greenwood.

“This is the second time we have had to campaign to protect Sandy Lane, hopefully this is the last time we will need to.”

Artist’s impression of the mast, submitted with the application

The company had said it wanted to address a gap in coverage “to ensure that the latest high quality 3G and 4G service provision is provided in this area of the town”, and also provide 5G coverage.

They argued the mast could not be any lower because it needed to clear local buildings and trees to be able to operate effectively, and that other sites were not as suitable.

But their proposal has been thrown out by planners, who have ruled that the benefits of the scheme do not outweigh the harm caused by it being “unduly prominent and dominant in the street scene to the detriment of visual amenity and the character of the area”, and affecting people living in nearby houses.

Three has six months to appeal the decision.