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Proposed 49ft telecoms tower 'would be better placed on North Korea' not Havers

A telecommunications tower planned for Havers Lane “would be better placed on the North Korean border”, according to a Bishop’s Stortford town councillor.

Former mayor George Cutting, who is also a member of planning authority East Herts Council, addressed the town council’s planning and development committee meeting about Hutchison 3G UK Ltd’s application.

It wants to erect a monopole 15m (49ft) high and four equipment cabinets on a green wedge near the Havers Parade shops and Elizabeth Road.

The installation is a permitted development which does not require planning permission, but Cllr Cutting said what was “proportionate and reasonable” mattered too and the town council should protest. “It’s a bridge too far,” he said.

Cllr Bob Taylor agreed, saying: “It’s an abominaton quite frankly... I strongly object, whether or not we can stop it.”

Cllr Shane Manning argued devil’s advocate: “But we do need improved connectivity, particularly if we have residents who were in the office but are now working at home.

“If not here, then where? It’s always going to be an eyesore for somebody.”

The committee agreed to object.

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