Vintage Kingston: Parents' anger over Chessington phone mast plans

Vintage Kingston: Parents' anger over Chessington phone mast plans

Vintage Kingston: Parents' anger over Chessington phone mast plans

First published in News

From June 30, 2004

Parents in Chessington were left furious after discovering a mobile phone company wanted to erect a phone mast just 500m away from their children’s school.

Families at Lovelace Primary School wrote angry letters and sent petitions to phone firm Orange after finding out about the company’s plans through the school newsletter.

Orange wanted to install the mast on a roundabout at the intersection of Leatherhead Road, Hook Road, Mansfield Road and Bridge Road, although the company had not yet submitted a planning application to Kingston Council.

Most parents were worried about the impact the mast would have on their children’s health, at a time when radio waves emitted from phone masts were being linked to cancer.

Other residents living close to the proposed mast site feared their house prices would plummet if it was built.

Lovelace headteacher Tim Rome said: “The newsletter was the first many parents had heard about it, so they are unhappy about not being notified and about the mast itself.”

Some parents suggested the mast could be built elsewhere in Chessington, citing several green spaces, particularly near Chessington World of Adventures.

An Orange spokesman said the masts were designed to be low power, roughly 80 watts, which was why it needed to be built close to homes or else it would not work.

He said the company would wait until all responses from the consultation were received before making a decision on whether or not to proceed with the plans.


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