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Author Topic: Plymouth residents' anger over 50ft phone mast near homes  (Read 5333 times)
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« on: February 09, 2012, 10:02:10 am »

FURIOUS residents in a picturesque corner of Laira are complaining to the Government over the sudden appearance of a "horrifying" 50ft communications mast.
Families in Laira Avenue and Finch Close awoke to find the giant metal structure had been put up overnight by Network Rail ^ without, they say, any warning.
To be honest nimbyism aside I would be a bit annoyed if that appeared that close to my house overnight without warning (see photo) if the report in the Plymouth Evening herald paper is to be believed.
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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2012, 10:27:24 am »

"...She said: "We've had no notification, no consultation and they put it up in the dark overnight, which we feel is very suspicious, like some cloak and dagger operation..."

Well either that or doing it overnight meant there were no trains around. 

What irritates me a bit is that the local news article gives the impression this is some special case, there are almost bound to be a few already in the Plymouth area, because of the requirement for them to be directionally aimed along the railway - and that's where a lot of houses happen to be.   Yet every time this comes up it is as though it is the first occurence ever...   Roll Eyes

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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2012, 11:12:22 am »

picturesque .... Laira ......  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2012, 11:58:36 am »

I think it looks OK. It lends a kind of symmetry to the pylon in their neighbours' garden.
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2012, 04:09:28 pm »

"It's quite a depressing thing to have to look at and, regardless of whether these do damage to your health, the perception is there.

"It deadens your mind a bit. It's a very mentally debilitating thing to suddenly have around you."

*whistles innocently*

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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2012, 06:55:49 pm »

Well the Plymouth Herald (like the Western Morning News) is owned by Northcliffe Media, part of the Daily Mail & General Trust, which is run by the controlling shareholder, the non-domiciled Conservative party supporter Viscount Rothermere. The Mail, Metro and the London Evening Standard are also part of this person's media empire, as are all the "this is" websites....


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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2012, 07:53:47 pm »

Personally, I was rather impressed that a team of Network Rail engineers apparently managed to construct all of that, overnight and under cover of darkness, without anyone noticing until the following morning. Shocked

It makes you wonder why some of their other 'engineering work' over-runs, eh? Tongue

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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2012, 11:43:16 pm »

You beat me to it Chris, I too wanted to congratulate Network Rail on what appears to be a very silent installation.
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2012, 10:33:19 am »

Its all about where you live ! Look at the Looe branch last year , resident outcry ! Gunnislake too !
 Now cross over to North Road , near the old postal dock , far closer to houses and more of an eyesore , any outcry..... no ??
 I think Network Rail have learnt some lessons , get em up quick and then suffer the residents wrath Smiley
 To be honest , im very suprised Network rail couldn't find any space across the track at Laira Depot ??
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