Temporay O2 mobile phone mast goes up in
phone company O2 has given in to pressure from Burnham-On-Sea
customers and emergency services by installing a new temporary
mast in the town to try and resolve reception problems.
12.5 metre transmitter is being installed near 26 Marine Drive
this week which will serve as a stand-in emergency mast for six
months until a permanent mast is built.
comes as O2 has been under heavy pressure from mobile users to
improve reception in the town after it decommissioned its main
transmitter at Pepperall Road, Highbridge in June without issuing
any advance notice to customers or local emergency services.
crewmembers at BARB, the group that runs Burnham's rescue hovercraft,
said lives could be put at risk because of the sudden drop in
reception. Messages alerting the crew to attend training session
and incidents have not been arriving or been delayed.
councillor Peter Clayton, who is also chairman of the planning
committee, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It is important the
emergency services are not hampered in any way and I feel this
mast is an important addition to their communication system."
is a temporary mast for a maximum of six months so every effort
is being made to find a permanent site. This is a sensitive issue
as there are differing views as to their safety but in this case
the emissions will be minute compared to a normal mast."
added: "It has been suggested the residents have been consulted
and we have had no objections so far."
Pepperall Road phone transmitter
Hovercraft crew air their
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