Meteor Mobile Communications has received planning permission to erect a controversial mobile phone mast in a business park in Carrick-on-Suir despite objections from seven residents groups, a GAA club, secondary school and three councillors.
Carrick-on-Suir Town Council granted conditional planning approval on Tuesday, November 30 to the mobile phone company to build the 20m monopole carrying three antennae and two dishes at the Mill River Business Park.
The Council has attached 11 conditions to the grant of planning permission for the mast, which will form part of Meteor Mobile's third generation telecommunications network.
But Meteor Mobile's battle to secure the green light for the mast isn't over as an appeal of the Council's is to be lodged with An Bord Pleanala.
Orchard Crescent Residents Association, the first residents group to object to the mast, has confirmed it will be submitting an appeal to An Bord Pleanala.
Its members are organising a public meeting this Friday for all residents groups, other organisations and individuals opposed to the mast with the aim of organising a united campaign to fight the appeal.
Orchard Residents Association spokesman Ray Hallissey said they were very disappointed the Council granted permission to the mast given the level of local opposition to the development. "The Council just disregarded our concerns," he said.
He appealed to all opposed to the mast to attend the public meeting, which takes place at the Nano Nagle Community Resource Centre this Friday, December 12 at 8pm.
"We are inviting all the local councillors to attend the meeting. We want them, ourselves and all opposed to the mast to go forward and issue an appeal."
The Orchard Residents Association objected to the mast because of its members concerns about the possible health effects of exposure to the electro magnetic radiation from the structure.
The estate of 18 houses is located directly behind Mill River Business Park and just 200m from the mast site. The residents of Orchard Crescent are also unhappy about the visual impact of the mast, which will be 11m higher than other buildings in the area.
After their concerns were highlighted in The Nationalist in October, submissions to the planning application from people living in six other residential areas in the vicinity of Mill River Business Park were lodged with Town Council.
They included the residents groups of Ard Mhuire, Mill Street, Lisadell Park, O'Mahoney Ave., Deerpark Close, Tannersgate and St John's Terrace.
Carrick Swan GAA Club, the principal of Comeragh College and Carrick-on-Suir Town Council members Cllr Margaret Croke, Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan and Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald also lodged submissions objecting to the mast.