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Doris Hayward began rallying neighbors to submit objections to Cornerstone’s plans for a 20-metre-high monopoly with associated cabinets on land in front of 224 and 226 Abbey Lane, Beauchief.

She listed eight reasons why she thinks the plans should be blocked, including that they are unnecessary, too big and will cause residents anxiety.

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So far, there have been five comments from members of the public on the development application, all of which are objections.

An objector who lives at 224 Abbey Lane, in front of which the telephone mast would sit, said: ‘Abbey Lane is one of the prettiest roads in Sheffield in my opinion. It is also a gateway for many into the city center and the gateway to the Peak District. It should be treated as a place Sheffield can be proud of. All properties on the road are well maintained. We are proud of our homes.

“I am not against progress if it is in the interest of the majority. I don’t believe anyone on Abbey Lane has trouble getting broadband or having a signal on their cell phone so why do we need another mast? This is just to further the commercial interests of already successful businesses and not in the interests of the people of Sheffield.

“We want open, clean and green living spaces where you can enjoy a walk in the sun. Not being confronted with an eyesore that will almost certainly be prone to graffiti and the presence of unwanted visitors. My neighbor is very elderly and I’m sure she is not happy with unwanted visitors outside her property, which will undoubtedly happen. We have four dogs and if people hang out they bark and cause distress to everyone.

The Angel of the North in Newcastle with sculptor Antony Gormley. Photo credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

“The pole will cast a shadow over our property, which I find unacceptable. The view out of the Folds Crescent Junction will be obstructed, which will undoubtedly cause accidents.

“If a truck were to hit the mast, it would almost certainly land on our property and cause serious damage and potentially death.

“There are areas nearby, i.e. on the Beauchief golf course, which, if such a pole were erected, would not affect anyone. Please search for an alternative solution.

Others have also expressed concern about the health effects of 5G technology despite Cornerstone’s assurances in its planning application that it will comply with the guidelines.

The World Health Organization is conducting an RF exposure health risk assessment covering the full spectrum of radio frequencies – including 5G – which will be published this year.

On 5G, she has already said: “Provided that overall exposure remains below international recommendations, no consequences for public health are anticipated”.

Public Health England also said: ‘Independent expert panels in the UK and internationally have reviewed all of the accumulated research evidence. Their findings support the view that health effects are unlikely to occur if exposures are below international guideline levels.

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This notice was published: 2022-03-28 16:01:13

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