A new 12.5m mobile phone mast planned for the junction of Browns Lane and London Road, Uckfield, will be something of an eyesore.
That was the view of members of the town council’s plans committee which met last night (September 25).
The proposal is to replace an existing 12m pole with a larger one, which will be placed nearer the road than the existing telecommunications equipment.
When looking east, the new pole would be to the left of the bus stop and on the other side of the footpath to the existing pole which is to the right of the bus stop with equipment cabinets.
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, Uckfield North said siting the mast in the new location would spoil the entrance to the town from the north. “It is going to look rather ugly,” she said.
Cllr Chris Macve said the mast in this location would be in a much more prominent position than the current equipment which was against a large retaining wall and where it was more obscured.
He said the mast in a new position was a potential hazard to traffic as it was near a major junction and vehicles might leave the road when taking avoiding action.
He suggested the mast be re-sited on the eastern side of the footpath and not the western side, as in the planning application.
Committee members agreed to object to the proposal.
Wealden District Council, the planning authority, is being asked by the applicant, PHA Communications, on behalf of MBNL EE and HG3, if prior approval will be required to the siting of the mast and its appearance.
In giving notice of the intended work, the applicant said it has approval for the 12.5m mast, given in 2016, but underground services precluded use of the site.