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Objectors await phone masts verdict.

VODAFONE could be dealt a triple whammy in Rugby today as plans for three mobile phone masts look set to be turned down.

A total of 330 people have objected to the proposals for masts in Shakespeare Gardens and Beech Drive, Bilton, and Hollowell Way, Brownsover, which would boost 3G coverage in the areas.

Planning officers say their recommendations to reject each of the 12metre (39ft) masts is based on their size and location, and has nothing to do with health considerations.

A report to the planning committee of Rugby Borough Council says if a health certificate is provided it is not necessary for the council to further consider the risks.

Cllr Claire Edwards (Lab, Brownsover South) who objected to the Hollowell Way plans, said: "It's about getting the balance between everybody having a mobile phone and not having a mast outside your home or in an area where it's intrusive.

"The fact that so many people have said they do not want them should be taken into account."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 26, 2006
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