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A selection of your comments left on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages PLANS for a new mast by mobile phone giant Vodafone have sparked outrage among Gosforth residents. The council have given the go-ahead for the "ugly" mast to be built just metres from family homes and a foster care office. You have been discussing the issues ...

Steve Brown said: "People moan about the masts but they'll moan if their mobile won't work, too. Get a grip people - you can't have one without the other."

Tony "Fudga" Fulthorp agreed: "They will be the first to whine when they can't get signals on their phones. Eventually, this is how people are going to receive most broadband services with the release of 4G just around the corner. Networks and equipment will need to be upgraded, so you had better get used to seeing more masts!" Justmytuppenceworth said: "I bet these are the same people who kick off if they lose mobile/internet connection for half an hour screaming 'what if something happened to my kid and no one could get in touch with me?'.If they're so concerned about an 'ugly wire grill' then they should send off for some free wildflower seeds and scatter them round the base."

Geordieracer82 commented: "When they want to put up a mast in Benwell or Scotswood, and the residents there ain't happy, does it get any media attention? No, of course not. But when this happens in Gosforth or Ponteland it's like the end of the world."

Timerman said: "The more people using mobile phones in an area, the more masts that are needed. They can only handle so many connections at the same time. If you don't want the masts then simply don't have a mobile phone - then there will be no need for the masts, will there?" Feddup commented: "I wholeheartedly agree with the residents who don't have a mobile phone, But the others? Surely it's hypocritical to speak out against something that is enhancing the very mobile phones that are attached permanently to their hands. Nimbyism at its best: 'Oh dear, my house valuation will go down.' It's all to do with money. Not once was it described as being detrimental to people's health, apart from the social services office where children will go, no doubt with their mobiles in their pockets."

Redunderthebed responded: "And, of course, those who are accusing these residents of nimbyism would be perfectly happy to have a mast stuck outside their front door and wouldn't raise their voices in protest at all. Get in touch with Vodafone and pass on your address. I'm sure they'll be delighted to oblige. These masts should not be erected in residential areas. You don't need a mobile phone mast on your doorstep to use a mobile phone. Do you have a mobile? Is there a dirty great mast outside your front door? Can you get a signal?" Amibothered said: "Of course people are going to complain if a mast is placed outside their homes and not only cause an eyesore but may reduce their property value. There is nothing wrong with this at all. There is no need to have a mast in this location when a mast two miles down the road would have the same effect on mobile carrier strength."
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 24, 2012
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