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'We still want to bring 5G to Spalding'

A mobile phone firm says it still wants to bring 5G services to Spalding - and is looking for ‘acceptable’ sites for its masts.

Three faced a series of setbacks last year - with plans for 5G masts in Wygate Park, Birch Grove, Hawthorn Bank, The Parkway and West Elloe Avenue all rejected by the district council.

A spokesman for the firm told the Spalding Guardian that despite those rejections it is still looking for sites in the town to enable the rollout of technology which promises faster and more reliable mobile phone connections.

District deputy leader Nick Worth urged the firm to come and speak to the council’s economic development officers so that suitable locations can be found further from peoples’ homes.

He said he’s confident a balance could be struck - and stressed the council is keen to see investment in 5G here.

Coun Worth said: “If they can get 5G masts up in non-residential areas then it’s unlikely to be as much of a problem, it’s just that if you are in a nice residential area the last thing you want is an ugly mast.

“We do want 5G and we want to encourage people to put it in. I would say come and speak to the economic development team as a starting point and see whether there are any areas we can look at that might be suitable.”

Coun Worth also called for greater investment in boosting connections for residents in rural parts of the district - where even 3G signals are often not possible.

He added: “Don’t forget the rural areas. We want to try to help get a better service for everybody in the area. A lot of people work from home these days and a better signal really helps. Particularly now we are using video conferencing a lot of the time - there’s nothing worse than when you drop out all of the time.”

The Spalding masts were turned down because they were deemed an ‘unduly dominant, obtrusive and alien’ feature on the street scene.

A Three spokesman said: “5G rollout is vital for residents and businesses of Spalding. We are continuing to work to find viable and acceptable alternatives which will enable us to offer the community a reliable network experience.”

Delivering 5G services for the majority of homes is one of the Government’s levelling up goals.

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