Town Council approves planning for Tinvane mobile phone mast

Carrick-on-Suir Town Council has granted planning permission for the erection of another mobile phone mast in the town.

Carrick-on-Suir Town Council has granted planning permission for the erection of another mobile phone mast in the town.

Vodafone Ireland Ltd has secured conditional planning permission from the Council to locate a 24m high telecommunications structure with antenna and dishes attached at Tinvane, Carrick-on-Suir.

The mobile phone company says in the planning application that the mast will enable the continuance and improvement of its existing GSM and 3g telecommunications network.

Conditional planning permission was granted for the mast on September 22 but full planning approval isn’t due to be granted until today (Wednesday) that is if no appeals to the Town Council’s decision are lodged with An Bord Pleanala. The closing date for appeals to be lodged to An Bord Pleanala is today, Wednesday, October 19.

The Town Council’s decision follows renewed pressure by the elected members of Carrick-on-Suir Town Council to enshrine a total ban on telecommunications masts in Carrick-on-Suir town in the Town Development Plan to safeguard people living in residential areas, people attending churches, creches, schools community buildings and other public amenity areas.

Controversy erupted in Carrick-on-Suir at the end of last year when the Town Council granted permission to Meteor Mobile to erect a mobile phone mast at Mill River Business Park.

The decision was appealed to An Bord Pleanala by the residents of several housing estates in the area, a secondary school, GAA club and several local councillors but was upheld by the appeals board.

Town councillors had inserted a clause in the Town Devleopment Plan, which they believed would prevent such masts from securing planning permission in the town but the wording wasn’t strong enough to copper fasten a total ban on these structures.