FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday 25th May 2018, Birmingham, UK
Newly-elected Labour Councillors, Liz Clements and Fred Grindrod, have expressed their anger and dismay that a phone mast in Bournville Village will be installed as a result of an error in Birmingham City Council’s handling of the planning process.
The phone mast, which will be situated on the junction between Heath Road and Hawthorne Road in Bournville, a few yards from a conservation area, has gained planning consent by default.
Planning consent for the mast, on the junction between Heath Road and Hawthorne Road, flies in the face of overwhelming opposition from local residents.
Current and former councillors from all parties, Steve McCabe MP, Rowheath Pavilion and the Bournville Village Trust also oppose the mast.
Liz Clements and Fred Grindrod said “As Bournville’s local councillors, we continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with local residents in opposing this mast. That permission has now been granted because of an administrative error is an indictment of the Council’s Planning Department. We’ll be taking all possible steps to prevent the mast going ahead in its current location.
Notes for Editors
According to the City Council’s planning department, the mast was initially refused on the grounds of the impact on local amenity. However when Vodafone challenged the decision, it was discovered that the Council had logged an incorrect date for when the application had been received and as a result had communicated its decision to Vodafone outside of the statutory limits to the planning process. As a result the council’s initial refusal was overturned on appeal due to this technicality.
Over 300 signatures were collected from residents in the immediate local area who were deeply concerned that the mast will be an eyesore in the beautiful surroundings of Rowheath Pavilion and Rowheath Recreational Ground. Additionally, residents were concerned that placing a large mast on the junction of a road raises road safety concerns, as the mast and associated equipment cabinets could restrict visibility, putting road users at risk.
Over 300 local residents signed the petition presented to the Full Council Meeting on 6 February 2018 by Councillor Liz Clements. Over 100 signatures were collected in person and a further 200 were collected online. The online petition is available at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-the-rowheath-phone-mast
Councillor Liz Clements and Councillor Fred Grindrod were elected as the new councillors for Bournville and Cotteridge in the recent local elections on May 3rd.