Plans for 02 mast under fire

PLANS to site a huge phone mast more than 65 feet high (20m) have been put on hold after people living in the Maxwell Avenue area of Bearsden complained.

More than 35 letters of objection were received by council planners to the re-submitted application to put an 02 mast at the top of Maxwell Avenue, at the junction with Canniesburn Road.

LibDem councillor for the area, Vaughan Moody said at a planning meeting that there had been very real concerns from community groups and individuals over the proposal as it would dominate the area.

There was also a worry there was not enough room at the base of the mast to accommodate the cabinet, because the footpath is very narrow.

Councillor Moody said: “I have called for a site visit because of local concern at what is a busy junction. I want to make sure that if it is put up it will not occupy limited space.”

The councillor said he was keen to point out that he did not want to prejudice the application, but felt, because of the safety implications, his fellow ward representatives should visit the site to make an informed decision when the application comes back to council for consideration - most probably at the end of June.

This is the second attempt by 02 to get permission to erect the mast. The first one was rejected because the base cabinet took up too much pavement space.