February 19, 2007
D-Day arrives for controversial Burnham-On-Sea phone mast
future of a controversial phone mast in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea
may finally be settled on Monday (February 19th) when a government
planning inspector visits the town to assess whether O2 should
be forced to remove it.
Carpenter from the government's Planning Inspectorate will be
visiting the Marine Drive mast, pictured, to make a final decision
on whether it can permanently stay.
comes after an Enforcement Order was placed on O2 - the mobile
phone company that owns it - by Sedgemoor District Council last
year when the company's six-month 'temporary' installation expired.
O2 submitted a five-page appeal against the Order, and this in
turn sparked an enquiry by the government's Planning Inspectorate.
Mr Carpenter told Burnham-On-Sea.com he hopes to make a decision
on its future shortly after Monday's visit.
can confirm that I will be visiting the site on Monday and then
will make a decision within five weeks. I
am also visiting another O2 mast at the nearby Isleport Industrial
estate to decide its status."
Cole of Sedgemoor District Council's enforcement team, added:
"If the Planning Inspectorate upholds the enforcement notice,
the council would issue a summons to O2 requesting that it removes
the mast within a certain period of time."
latest development comes after a long-running saga at the site.
May 2006, Burnham-On-Sea.com
reported how district planners had rejected a request by O2 to
move the mast onto the seafront.
separately, town planners voted against an application
by Orange for a second mobile phone mast to be installed along
residents say the huge mast - which towers over Burnham's Catholic
Church and nearby homes - should be removed. O2 wants the mast
sited in the centre of town to boost its previously weak phone