A petition has been created to stop the construction of a mobile phone mast, which could be placed on Beacon Fell.
The Change.org campaign to stop the mast has reached 1,135 signatures at the time of writing, as many locals are looking to put an end to the plans. Started by an individual named Ben S, the petition voices the concern of local residents who “cherish the beauty and tranquillity of Beacon Fell.”
Beacon Fell is known as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and welcomes groups of visitors all year round, with many dog walkers and tourists who travel to take in the scenic landscape. However, residents say this is under threat if plans for a mobile phone mast get the green light.
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The petition reads: “The construction will not only disrupt the aesthetic appeal but also potentially harm local wildlife habitats. According to Natural England, any development within AONBs should aim to conserve and enhance their natural beauty.
“The erection of such an intrusive structure clearly contradicts this principle. The application also relies upon a diesel generator running which is a noise and fire risk to the area.”
It describes the mast as “no ordinary” one, as it’s proposed to be 40m or 130ft tall – four times higher than a regular one. It ends: “We urge you to consider these implications seriously before allowing such development in our beloved Beacon Fell.
“Let’s protect our natural heritage for future generations instead of turning it into an industrial eyesore. Please sign this petition if you stand with us in preserving the beauty and integrity of Beacon Fell.”
Objections can be made by signing the petition or writing to [email protected] by quoting, planning ref: 06/2023/0259.
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