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Sunday 20 April 2014

Councillor hits out at Vodafone

TELECOMMUNICATIONS firm Vodafone has come under fire from a local councillor for applying to retain a 24-high high mast almost a year after the original planning permission expired.

Raising the issue at a Balbriggan/Swords area committee, Cllr Ken Farrell (Lab) said he was recommending that the application from Vodafone to retain the structure in the townland of Regles, outside Lusk, be refused. He said he was not happy with the application and it 'galled him' that a reputable company would seek retention permission. ' They have been trying to say low on this and they have for a nearly a year,' he added. Cllr Farrell said it was lucky the council's enforcement section followed it up after local residents had raised their concerns. Vodafone are seeking to retain its 24m-high telecommunications support structure, antennas, equipment container and associated equipment within a fenced compound and access track. The development forms part of Vodafone Ireland Limited's existing GSM and 3G Broadband telecommunications network On a more general note, he said it was not ideal that masts like this one, close to Minister's Park, should be erected close to local residents.

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