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Phone mast application is thrown out.

Residents living near a Cardiff beauty spot are celebrating after plans for a 30ft mobile phone mast yards from their homes were thrown out.

Video phone company Hutchinson 3G wanted to place a mast on Torrens Drive, Lakeside, on the boundary of the Roath Park Conservation Area.

But plans for the mast - branded an eyesore by local residents and politicians - were turned down by Cardiff council's planning department on conservation grounds.

Protester and Torrens Drive resident Elizabeth Mulholland, who suffers from ME and feared the mast would affect her health, said she was 'thrilled' by the council's decision.

'It's absolutely fantastic news,' Ms Mulholland said.

'It was a ridiculous case to have put forward in the first place and this was the only sensible decision.

'I can look out of my house and have a lovely view of Roath Park Lake, but if the council had not rejected this, all I could have seen was this mast.'

Cardiff Central AM Jenny Randerson backed the residents' long campaign.

She said: 'This can be cited as a precedent to protect our conservation areas by not allowing these masts in, or within view of our city's architectural heritage.'

Hutchinson 3G did not wish to comment today.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Mar 9, 2004
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