RESIDENTS of two villages are angry at plans to put a mobile phone mast near their homes.

T-Mobile has submitted an application to Kirklees Council for a base station and mast at the Old Railway Goods Yard on Scar Lane, Milnsbridge.

There are already two mobile masts in the area, but neither is run by T-Mobile.

Residents of Scar Lane and nearby Botham Fields at Longwood say the base station and its 22metre-high pole will affect their views.

Some residents are also worried about the health risks allegedly associated with phone masts.

Craig Judd moved to Botham Fields 18 months ago with his wife. They have a one-year-old daughter and another baby on the way.

Mr Judd said: "I have got children, as have many of my neighbours.

"There are health concerns, as well as the spoiling of the views. There are too many masts in this area already."

Mr Judd is also worried about the effect on house prices.

He has written a letter of objection to Kirklees, as have many of his neighbours.

They have also spoken to Colne Valley MP Kali Mountford, asking for her support.

A T-Mobile spokesman said putting up a new individual pole would cause fewer visual problems than putting the new mast on an existing base station in the area.

He said: "T-Mobile needs to ensure its network continues to provide high-quality coverage. This can only be achieved by increasing the number of base stations."

He said the mast would be installed in accordance with national and international guidelines.

He added: "There have been thousands of pieces of research into radio waves and their effect on humans. T-Mobile is confident its base stations do not present a health risk."