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A victory for Nimby Party; YourSay.

YOUR headline 'Bournville Residents Phone Mast Victory' (Mail, November 4) could have read 'Another Victory for the Bournville Nimby Party'.

Along similar lines of the previous Tesco campaign, the whole rational for the protest appears to have been driven by the historical backcloth of Bournville and its preservation area status with no debate or tangible evidence of the risks or benefits of blocking the erection of the phone mast.

It is about time that local councillors and residents of Bournville woke up to the fact that Bournville is no longer the 'Chocolate Box' village created by George Cadbury and is a sprawling community with modern 21st century needs.

The Tesco campaign was driven on the back of Bournville's Quaker roots and the fear of under-age drinking. The reality is that whilst teenagers still drink freely in our parks with alcohol bought illegally from neighbouring areas, the legal majority are prevented from buying alcohol after a hard day's work.

Instead of immediately protesting to modern advancements, how about some thought about the possible benefits that this mast and improved phone signals might have brought - the pensioner who uses her mobile as a 'comfort blanket' around the house to keep in touch with family and friends, the teenager trying to advise her parents that she has arrived safely at friends, the parent wanting to check why a child is late home from school? If councillors want to retain the village characteristics of Bournville and make a real difference then let's look at the issue of road safety and the volume and speed of cars which blight the lives of residents of Maryvale, Selly Oak and Linden Road amongst many others.

James, by email
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Nov 20, 2010
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