Some of the campaigners who have been battling a plan to build a telecommunications mast on Framfield Recreation Ground.

Framfield council organises meeting to discuss controversial mast decision

Campaigners continuing a battle to prevent a 50-foot telecommunications mast being built on Framfield recreation ground are urging people to attend a meeting being organised by the parish council later this month.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 29, at the village memorial hall at 7pm.

It is being held to give people chance to comment on a decision by the council, acting as trustees to the Framfield Trust, to allow the mast to be built. Planning permission has been given for the work to go ahead.

Place of remembrance

Campaigners say the memorial recreation ground is a place of remembrance left to ex-servicemen of the parish in 1921 as a memorial to the fallen, a thank you offering to all those who served, and for the benefit and happiness of the whole parish, to be secured in perpetuity.

They say many parishioners are “devastated” that the memorial ground has been selected for the building of a mast and ground-based equipment cabinets. And they claim the council has failed to exercise a duty of care of all the staff and pupils at Framfield Primary School, Framfield Pre-School and the residents of the parish.

Notice of the meeting on November 29 includes details of a resolution approving the lease of the land to Shared Access Ltd subject to:

  • Agreement from parish council solicitors that the installation of a telecommunications mast on Trust land is permissible within the title documents of the Trust;
  • Agreement from parish council solicitors to the contents of the legal agreement with Shared Access.
  • Payment of all legal fees by Shared Access
  • Payment to the parish council of £40,000 from Shared Access on completion of the lease
  • Shared Access obtaining the required planning consent.

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