17 Oct 2011

SNP MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, John Mason, has been surveying local residents in Carmyle, asking for their views on a proposed mobile phone mast by o2 and Vodafone.

Following a public meeting in Carmyle Parish Church with local residents and Mono planning consultants, Mr Mason undertook to survey 500 houses living closest to each of the three potential sites.

The East End MSP recently helped deliver around 500 residents surveys asking people for their view on the proposed mobile phone mast. Carmyle residents have been asked to indicate which option they think is most suitable to site the mast. The planning company have proposed three sites where the mast could go. These include the junction of Carmyle Avenue and River Road or the junction of Park Road and River Road or, finally, adjacent to local shops on Estate Road.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Shettleston, John Mason – who represents Carmyle – said:

“These companies have been given huge powers by Westminster and I fear it will be difficult to stop the mast being erected altogether.

“Where we might have more success, however, is in persuading them to put it somewhere that is reasonably acceptable to local residents.

“According to the companies, the mast has to go roughly within the area bounded by Estate Road, Park Road, River Road, and Carmyle Avenue. It is a small area because these newer 3G masts cannot reach a wide area so I am afraid this does not give us much room for manoeuvre.

“The Community Council and I would like to know which site is preferred by local residents… or at least which site is hated least!

“I have delivered surveys to around 500 properties in Carmyle and we have given residents until 24th October to respond. The companies have agreed not to formally apply for planning permission until they hear the result of this survey. However, we must stress that this survey is only for guidance and the final decision will be made by Glasgow City Council, who I hope will make the right decision for Carmyle”.