5G mast planned for Frampton Cotterell

September 02 2021
5G mast planned for Frampton Cotterell

MOBILE phone company Three wants to put up an 18m communications mast in Frampton Cotterell to cover 'black hole' for signals and provide 5G coverage.

The mast is planned for Beesmoor Road, by the bus stop next to the Park Farm Village Green.  Three settled on the location after discounting six other potential spots, including Woodend Road and Ridings Road.

The company says modern mobile phone base stations operate on a low power and need to be in close proximity to the areas they serve.

It claims the 18m (59ft) height is the minimum to bring effective 5G coverage to the area.

In a submission to South Gloucestershire Council's planning department, the company said it was "committed to providing improved network coverage and capacity, most notably in relation to 5G services", describing high-speed mobile connectivity as "the lifeblood of a community"

The company has started a consultation with local people. 

Some Three customers in the area have found reception poor in the area, but some residents have criticised the plans.

One told the Voice the installation would end up “towering above the tree line and being an eyesore and possibly having health implications", adding: "I personally feel this is out of kilter with the rural village life and more suited for an urban industrial area.”

However, no formal objections had been lodged as the Voice went to press

Three said it had chosen a design that had a "reduced visual impact" and site outside any conservation area.

The plans can be viewed by searching for application P21/05088/PN1 in the planning section of the council's website.

Picture: The proposed site for the mast in Beesmoor Road