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Mast bid toppled.

Byline: Naomi Paylor

Residents of a Teesside estate have won their battle against plans for a nearby telephone mast.

More than 200 people living in Ingleby Barwick voiced their concerns about O2's proposal to erect a 20m mast at the Transco site on Thornaby Road.

Potential health risks to children and concerns the mast would create an eyesore were among the objections issued to the planning department.

And at a committee meeting of Stockton Council, members agreed unanimously to refuse the plans.

The proposal had been recommended for approval.

This was despite 65 letters of objection and a petition with 115 signatures being received.

The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, MP Dari Taylor and Ingleby Barwick Parish Council also voiced their objections.

Councillors agreed at the meeting that there were alternative and more suitable sites in the area for a phone mast.

The Mayor of Stockton, Cllr Jennie Beaumont, described the design as "atrocious".

Speaking after the meeting, resident John Westmoreland, of Beaver Close, said he was delighted with the result.

"This is very good news.

"It wasn't the right place for a phone mast and the councillors agreed with that," he said.

"They said there are plenty of sites right up that road belonging to the council which could be used by the company."

Cllr Beaumont later said: "I will also be meeting with the applicant to look at a different design and location for this mast."
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Title Annotation:News Local
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 25, 2004
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