Edinburgh residents are divided over a plan to erect a 30-metre 5G mast in the popular walking area
Edinburgh planners are currently reviewing an application that would see a 30-metre telecommunications mast erected on Corstorphine Hill.
Vodafone’s submission, which was validated on August 21, received more than 300 comments before the midnight deadline of Thursday, September 14.
Community members appear to be divided on the proposal, with some welcoming better cell coverage while others feel it will destroy the beauty of the local landscape.
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The council’s planning portal states that if the proposal is successful, an 18m net mast will be removed and a 30m net mast will be placed in its place.
The site of the nuclear bunker at Barnton, which is located off Clermiston Road North, will be adjacent to the planned site.
Edinburgh Live asked residents for their opinions on social media and there was a mixed response from those living in the local Clarmeston community.
Debbie Finn was not happy with the time given to comment on the proposals, saying: “There was a pole that was recently put up directly outside someone’s house in Parkgrove Road, opposite St Kentigerns, and only a small number of residents were notified, and some did not receive notice until afterwards.” It has been put forward, many are unhappy due to its proximity to homes, I don’t understand how some mast proposals have gotten more attention than this one?
Jane Robertson added: “I thought Corstorphine Hill was a nature conservation area? No doubt Simon will correct me if I’m wrong. Surely if this is the case then there should be nothing else based on it. Do we not have enough phone towers in this area already?
However, Shaun Gibson expressed his hope that it would improve mobile phone coverage in the local area. He said: “Here in Parkgrove, between the school and Drum Bray North, it’s terrible for mobile phones. Literally, hang up the window to call anyone. So I hope this mast solves this problem.
While John Cairns tried to see the humor in those complaining about erecting a new communications mast, he said: “At the same time, everyone is exchanging text messages, oblivious to where their signals are coming from.”
The current plans are under study, according to the council’s website here.