CAMPAIGNERS have defeated plans for a mobile phone mast.
Councillors yesterday refused permission for the 18-metre structure off Station Road in Marsden.
Mobile phone operator Vodafone wanted to erect a 15.2 metre timber pole on land next to Marsden Railway Station’s overspill car park. Six antennae would have taken the total height to 18.4 metres.
More than 100 residents wrote to Kirklees Council to object to the proposal. Complaints included loss of visual amenity, possible health risks and the impact on tourism in the village.
Marsden residents spoke against the proposal at a meeting of the council’s Huddersfield Planning Sub-committee yesterday.
Robert Burns told the councillors: “My main objection is on tourism grounds as the mast would be an eyesore.”
Angela Boycott also voiced concerns about the plan.
She said: “Vodafone does have coverage in the area so do we actually need this mast? We still have fears about the health risks.
“Marsden relies increasingly on tourism and if the mast went up it would be very obvious everywhere in the village.”
Colne Valley Lib Dem councillor Nicola Turner also spoke against the proposal, telling the sub-committee that the area where the mast would be sited is used for festivals and dog walking.
Planning officers recommended giving the go-ahead, saying that the location and design of the mast were acceptable and that landscaping conditions would limit its visual impact.
However, the sub-committee voted to reject the proposal because it would change the character of the area and impact visual amenity.