Byron Avenue phone mast in Winchester removed by Orange

Byron Avenue phone mast in Winchester removed by Orange

Karen Barratt as the mast was taken down

Working for its removal: local councillors Martin Tod (right), Lucille Thompson and Robert Hutchison

First published in News

HAMPSHIRE’s most controversial phone mast has been removed.

Contractors have taken down the Orange mast on Byron Avenue, in Winchester, ending 13 years of argument and debate.

Residents battled the mast for more than four years, with marches, vigils and legal action, until it was erected in July 2005.

Now technology has moved on and the mast is no longer needed.

Leading campaigner Karen Barratt, of Byron Avenue, said: “The demolition squad took us all by surprise as we’ve been trying to get the mast taken away for over a year. At least unlike the day it was erected we didn’t have hoards of police to contend with.

“I just wish my husband, Mike, who put so much into the campaign, had lived to see this day. It was ironic that they chose the August Bank Holiday weekend to take it down as it’s the third anniversary of his death.”

Local city and county councillor Martin Tod said: “It’s been surprisingly difficult to get this sorted, but I’m glad we’ve got it done. I tried via the county council officers who work with mobile companies to coordinate street works, via Customer Services at EE and Orange, via various contact emails on the Orange and EE websites and even via social media, but finally hit the jackpot when I wrote via the Mobile Operators Association!

“The Director of Corporate Affairs at EE promised that the phone mast would be removed by the end of August - and last Saturday it went.”

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4:21pm Mon 25 Aug 14

jonone says...

I can safely assume that none of these residents own a mobile phone with any network? Or have a wireless home phone? Or wireless internet? Or go to any of the countless places in town with wifi hotspots? All of which will expose them to the same issues they made up about the mast they have had removed!!
I can safely assume that none of these residents own a mobile phone with any network? Or have a wireless home phone? Or wireless internet? Or go to any of the countless places in town with wifi hotspots? All of which will expose them to the same issues they made up about the mast they have had removed!! jonone
  • Score: 7

5:34pm Mon 25 Aug 14

campfreddie says...

Martin Tod was waving his mobile and lap top around at the planning committee last week. Very animated he was! The hypocrite wasn't even around when the thing was installed so just jumping on the band wagon now.
Martin Tod was waving his mobile and lap top around at the planning committee last week. Very animated he was! The hypocrite wasn't even around when the thing was installed so just jumping on the band wagon now. campfreddie
  • Score: 3

6:59pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Belgarum says...

Amusing to see this being lauded as a victory by the Luddites who opposed it, when (1) the signal from Orange will be just as strong in the area, just served from a different mast and (2) the level of radiation that you receive from a handset held to your ear is many orders of magnitude higher that that provided by a phone mast.

That's before mentioning that these nimbys expect to have mobile signal when they go anywhere else.
Amusing to see this being lauded as a victory by the Luddites who opposed it, when (1) the signal from Orange will be just as strong in the area, just served from a different mast and (2) the level of radiation that you receive from a handset held to your ear is many orders of magnitude higher that that provided by a phone mast. That's before mentioning that these nimbys expect to have mobile signal when they go anywhere else. Belgarum
  • Score: 9

10:36pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Mattsfarm01 says...

jonone wrote:
I can safely assume that none of these residents own a mobile phone with any network? Or have a wireless home phone? Or wireless internet? Or go to any of the countless places in town with wifi hotspots? All of which will expose them to the same issues they made up about the mast they have had removed!!
They did not have the mast removed, due to the merger of Orange and T-Mobile it is surpless to requirement and is just costing EE money, when they can recieve the signal from another site nearby.
[quote][p][bold]jonone[/bold] wrote: I can safely assume that none of these residents own a mobile phone with any network? Or have a wireless home phone? Or wireless internet? Or go to any of the countless places in town with wifi hotspots? All of which will expose them to the same issues they made up about the mast they have had removed!![/p][/quote]They did not have the mast removed, due to the merger of Orange and T-Mobile it is surpless to requirement and is just costing EE money, when they can recieve the signal from another site nearby. Mattsfarm01
  • Score: 3

12:46am Fri 19 Sep 14

Martin Tod says...

No question of Luddism or of hypocrisy. The mast had been switched off for over a year (the cable had been cut by EE) and served no purpose at all. It was unsightly scrap - and blocking a potential footpath - and local residents wanted it removed - so that's what I got done.

Given that I was Head of Brand and Communications for Vodafone for three years, and know quite a bit about the relative radiation that you get from handsets vs. the radiation you get from masts, I've never opposed a phone mast on the grounds of radiation - never have - and never will.
No question of Luddism or of hypocrisy. The mast had been switched off for over a year (the cable had been cut by EE) and served no purpose at all. It was unsightly scrap - and blocking a potential footpath - and local residents wanted it removed - so that's what I got done. Given that I was Head of Brand and Communications for Vodafone for three years, and know quite a bit about the relative radiation that you get from handsets vs. the radiation you get from masts, I've never opposed a phone mast on the grounds of radiation - never have - and never will. Martin Tod
  • Score: 0

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