Sir George Young welcomed a proposed new law to give local councils a stronger say on the location of mobile phone masts. A Private Members Bill, by Conservative MP Richard Spring, is to be debated in the House of Commons on 5 March. If the Bill was passed, it would give greater powers to local authorities in England and Wales to reject inappropriate applications for mobile phone masts, and place the onus on telecommunication companies to prove that there is an essential need for controversial masts.
“There is a great deal of concern across Hampshire about the erection of mobile phone masts. This is largewly due to Airwave jumping the gun with the TETRA contract, and putting up masts without permission. We all want to be able to use mobile phones, but that doesn’t mean we should allow the dumping of poorly-sited mobile phone masts in Hampshire on the cheap. Scotland and Northern Ireland already have tougher rules, and there is a strong case for England and Wales to follow that example.
“This is why I welcome these proposals, which would give local people a greater voice to stop the invasion of badly-placed masts.”
As a Private Members’ Bill, it will be dependent on Government support to become law.