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New plans for 5G mast in Wygate Park in Spalding

A telecoms firm has lodged an application for a 5G mast in Spalding - its third attempt to build one in the same street.

Hutchison UK, which operates the Three network, has asked for permission to put up a 15m pole in Wygate Park.

It was knocked back in attempts to put a 20m pole and then a 15m pole in the street last year.

A visualisation of the previous 5G mast for Wygate Park, submitted in April last year. (55834092)
A visualisation of the previous 5G mast for Wygate Park, submitted in April last year. (55834092)

The supporting documents for the new mast are not yet available so it's unclear if the location has changed - but the new one refers to a 'phase 9 super slimline monopole & associated ancillary works' rather than the 'phase 8 monopole C/W wrapround cabinet at base and associated ancillary works' in the most recent application - hinting at a slight change of design.

The last plan would have seen a mast placed near the junction of Wygate Park and Claudette Avenue.

Three also failed to get permission for similar applications in Birch Grove, Hawthorn Bank, The Parkway and West Elloe Avenue - with seven failed applications last year in total.

In each case South Holland District Council ruled the masts would be an 'unduly dominant, obtrusive and alien feature'.

We recently reported that Three was still planning to bring 5G connections to Spalding - with councillors calling for the firm to work with them to find locations further from residential areas.

The rollout of 5G is a Government ambition as part of its 'levelling up' agenda and Three has insisted throughout that the technology is 'vital' for Spalding.

It is being promoted by networks as a way to enjoy faster download and upload speeds.

Three has previously declined to explain why other locations in the town cannot be used.

However, the technology uses radio waves on high frequency bands which have a high capacity but cover shorter distances - meaning masts have to be relatively close to the people served by them.

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