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Another Halt To Water Tower Work

Work to install new mobile phone antennae on a water tower has been halted - again!

The phone company One2One has decided to go away for a rethink in the face of public pressure.

Andy King MP has written to the managing directors of One2One, that wants to run the mast, and Severn Trent, which owns the water tower, telling them to halt work.

He said not enough effort has been put into finding alternate sites.

Mr King (Lab, Rugby and Kenilworth) said:

“Villagers are very concerned that there is no evidence that the full range of alternative options have been investigated.

“The whole matter has been a disaster as far as One2One has been concerned relying on false information, such as the location of the water tower and its proximity to homes.

“This has been compounded by the fact that One2One did not even know that a nursery school was so close to the tower and this only came to light when One2One attempted to start work on the site.”

He said the efforts to find a new site by the phone company had been a ‘token gesture’ and accused the company of an ‘insensitive and high-handed approach’.

Villagers are hoping that their local water company, which owns the controversial site, may well pull out of the deal and force 121 to look elsewhere. Severn Trent said everything has now gone on hold while One2One do look at other options.

A barricade by residents means that work could not begin without controversy. A previous attempt to install equipment was halted by villagers blocking the entry.

A Severn Trent spokesman said today: 

“We have had correspondence from 121, and they are now going to resubmit new proposals following the concern by local residents.

“We are going to wait and see what they have to say. Nothing will be built until we have seen the revised plan.”

Brian Duckworth, Severn Trent managing director, said of the work by One2One:

“They are to thoroughly explore all the avenues to identify alternatives to the present propoals. This may include amendments to the design on the tower to such an extent that the local community will feel it is acceptable.

“Let us hope that a solution acceptable to all is ultimately found.”

Alternate sites suggested locally include a disused pylon, a nearby Powergen mast and the Cable and Wireless mast at Westwood Heath.


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