Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited – a joint venture between Vodafone and Telefonica (owners of O2) have submitted plans to erect a 12.5m mast on the grass area on Bull Cliff near Marine Drive and the entrance to ‘The Golden Steps’ leading to Porthkerry Park which is part of the Wales Coastal Path.
The area is currently free of any man-made structure and local resident Vivienne Edwards is intent on keeping it that way describing the plan as ludicrous. She Added;
“There has been no consultation, there was a small yellow notice put up on 4th November but nobody had seen it. I only found out about this plan yesterday.”
“There are people who come here from all over, to enjoy the coastal path and un-obscured views. This is the start of the ruination of a beautiful part of Barry so much enjoyed by so many people for so many years. My property is about 125 meters from the proposed site but some of my neighbours are as close as 60 meters. We all moved here to enjoy the fantastic view which is now threatened by this mast. The most upsetting part is that people have not been informed of the application. I got a letter to say my bin day was changing but nothing about a 12.5 meter mast.”
“I’m asking anyone with objections to contact the council before the closing date which is the 23rd November.” Vivienne continued.
— jens ruge (@JensRuge) November 10, 2016
Following our request Vodafone issued a short statement:
“The planning application is for a mast to bring improved mobile coverage for both Vodafone and O2 customers locally. Our masts are very low powered and in order to bring the services so many of us rely on, we must locate them where customers want to use their devices – where they live, work and travel. We always review as many potential sites as possible – in this case we looked at 13 alternatives – but for a number of reasons, this is the best location to bring better services.”
We are awaiting a response from The Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Anyone wishing to view the planning application can do so by visiting the Vale of Glamorgan Planning Register by clicking here