5G mast developer urged to re-think proposed Caol site

Lochaber councillor Ben Thompson. Photograph: Abrightside Photography. FW Councillor Ben Thompson 1no JP
Lochaber councillor Ben Thompson. Photograph: Abrightside Photography. FW Councillor Ben Thompson 1no JP

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A developer has been asked to reconsider its planned site for a towering new 5G mobile phone mast on the corner of two streets in Caol.

The 67-foot high mast is earmarked for the corner of Moss Road and Broom Drive and a planning application is expected to be lodged soon with Highland Council by CK Hutchison Networks (UK) Ltd which would erect the mast on behalf of operator Three.

Highland Council member Ben Thompson this week said he has contacted the developer to ask it to consider alternative sites which would not impact so significantly on grassed park areas and the amenity of residents including those living nearby in Kennedy Court.

‘The industrial estate, which is only a few hundred yards away, could be a better location, for example,’ added Councillor Thompson.

‘I can think of several better locations for this mast. It just feels like they have dropped a pin on a map without considering the alternatives.’

One person commented on Facebook: ‘They cannot seriously be thinking of putting something that large and such an eyesore in the middle of a community housing estate?

‘Put it in the industrial estate out of sight if possible. Happy that broadband in the area may become cheaper and faster but not to the detriment of the landscape and green space having a blooming big eyesore mast stuck on it.’

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Lochaber councillor Ben Thompson. Photograph: Abrightside Photography.

FW Councillor Ben Thompson 1no JP