Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: May 31, 2006
Seafront move for O2 mobile phone mast in Burnham is turned down

An application by phone operator O2 to move its controversial phone mast onto Burnham-On-Sea's seafront has this week been turned down by district planners.

The O2 phone mast in Marine Drive, Burnham-On-SeaSedgemoor planners gave the proposal the thumbs down at a meeting on Tuesday (May 30th), leaving a new location for the mast undecided.

O2 is under pressure to move the structure from Marine Drive, pictured, to a new location after being served with an enforcement order earlier this year following the end of a six-month trial period at the location.

The mobile phone giant submitted an application to move the mast to the Marine Rescue Centre on the seafront - but nearby residents objected.

Speaking to Burnham-On-Sea.com, Sedgemoor's Senior Planning Officer Colin Arnold said: "The decision on whether to enforce the removal of the mast now rests with the Planning Inspectorate and the Secretary Of State."

He added that O2 may now look to apply to move the mast to the Yacht Club at the southern end of the Esplanade instead - or further along Marine Drive to the rear of the Somerfield supermarket.

The mast was introduced onto Marine Drive last autumn after the structure at Pepperal Road in Highbridge was removed, leaving the town with poor quality mobile phone coverage and hampering communications for marine rescue teams.


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