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‘£10,000 off house prices’ – Fury over 5G mast ‘too close to homes’


A petition has been launched to stop a 5G mast being built ‘too close to homes’ – with fears property prices could ‘reduce by £10,000’.

At least 100 people have signed the petition against plans to install the 15m tall-telephone pole on Fairfield Road, outside Fairfield Inn, in the Halesowen area of Dudley.

Eight official objections have also been made by residents to Dudley Council, which will decide on the plans at a future date.

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It comes as plans for another 5G mast in Halesowen were revealed earlier this year, which also caused a furore.

Halesowen North councillor Stuart Henley said: “The location of it is right by some houses, close to one woman’s back garden.

“The houses opposite would be looking at it all the time.

“It needs more consultation with residents and the council about where they (masts) go.

“They could put them on industrial estates or in parks – where they can put them within trees.

“You pay a lot of money for your house.

“For someone to be able to come along and build something at the bottom of your garden, almost, and then take £10,000 off your price or something, it is a lot of money.

“You don’t get no compensation for it.”

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One objector, who lives on Fairfield Grove, question why the mast has been earmarked for land ‘in the middle of a resident area and so close to people’s homes’.

Another objector, on Fairfield Road, said the proposed location would ‘affect the health and finances’ of people living nearby.

WHP Telecoms Limited, the acting agent for the planning applicant CK Hutchison Networks, said the location has been chosen ‘to minimise the number of residential properties overlooking the site’.

It said there was now a requirement to upgrade the UK’s mobile phone network to 5G services.

To sign the petition, visit change.org

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