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Telecommunications Masts

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 am on 28th June 2005.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Conservative, Forest of Dean 9:30 am, 28th June 2005

On that final point, we had such a case in my constituency, next to a school—in fact, it was on a site that the local education authority owned and had let out to the mobile phone operator. The school did not get any of the benefit, and because of the permitted development rights the local community was not consulted. The only person who was consulted was one of the local district councillors, who passed the information on to me, and we wrote to everybody in the area. A huge number of people were concerned, but if we had not taken that action, they would have been in complete ignorance of the fact that that mast was going to be put in place. The lack of openness breeds distrust and concern among local people, where there need be none.