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|THE STORY OF A 3G MAST
|To bring 3G (Mobiles with pictures etc) to all of Chippy a new mast is required - 50ft high. The problem is finding a site for it which will cover the areas down by The Mill and the houses along the B4450. The District Council are clearly fretting over the practical solution which is to build one in open country. The application site is situated to the south west of Chipping Norton adjacent to the unclassified road linking the B4026 (Chipping Norton � Charlbury road) with the A361(Chipping Norton � Burford road). (Everybody know that spot) The application proposes that the mast and associated equipment are located against a copse of trees forming the boundary between agricultural land and the unclassified road."Your officers had considered that the mast and associated equipment may appear prominent in the open countryside, visible from the unclassified road together with wider views from vantage points across the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty landscape. As such your officers have discussed with the applicant�s agent whether other sites previously discounted could be reconsidered, particularly the Chipping Norton Football Club site. There are already a number of structures in this location, including floodlight columns, and the addition of a further mast would not be intrusive in the wider landscape. (ie a bit more junk won't really notice) Discussions have taken place with the Football Club, however" .......a mast adjacent to residential properties would create too much public concern. So seven other sites were considered. (Repeat SEVEN!)
1: Elmsfield Industrial Estate. Reason for rejection: The site provider is not willing to host telecommunications equipment on his land.
2: CCI Mast, Cleeves Farm, Over Norton. Reason for rejection: Need to redevelop the tower to a height between 28-30 metres, resulting in an extremely visually intrusive structure.
3: Bliss Mill. Reason for rejection: Due to the listed status of The Mill, a development here was deemed inappropriate.
4: Adjacent to Elmsfield Industrial Estate. Reason for rejection: This would be visually prominent and could be viewed from the Mill as breaking the skyline.
5: Existing 02 mast adjacent to A3400 at Over Norton. Reason for rejection: Unfortunately the line of site did not reach the target area.
6: Existing Orange mast, A44 near Police Station. Reason for rejection: A line of site could not be achieved, even at a height of 25m.
7: Water Tower, Chipping Norton. Reason for rejection: This site is unable to provide a line of site into the required area.
Back to the open country site then. For all their pains the District Council have received two lots of comments. The farmer in the field next door asks if they can have a mast why can't he have a wind farm. But the best comes from the Town Council who write...The Council requests that the mast is disguised to look like a tree. (Well why not If Milton Keynes can have concrete cows)
So in a couple of months time when you are all busy sending pictures to each other via your mobiles, just remember what amount of thought went into providing the service.