Councillor wants limit on masts

Local authority planners have been called on to place a limit on the number of telecommunications antennae that can be located in Carrick-on-Suir.

Local authority planners have been called on to place a limit on the number of telecommunications antennae that can be located in Carrick-on-Suir.

Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan appealed for such a limit on telecommunications structures to be included in the new Carrick-on-Suir Town Development Plan for 2013 to 2019 at a recent Town Council meeting.

“We are all for moving forward and having facilities but we don’t want to have more than our fair share,” she said.

The Fianna Fail councillor pointed out that at the moment there was no limit on the number of antennae that can be erected in Carrick-on-Suir.

The current Town Development Plan provided that mobile phone masts were allowed in the town if there wasn’t a suitable site outside the town’s environs.

She said she was very concerned that the draft Town Development Plan for 2013 to 2019 didn’t have any provision limiting the volume of antennae in the town.

“Our town is left open for an over abundance of antennae. We do need protection,” she told the Council meeting during a discussion on the draft Development Plan, which is now on public display in Carrick-on-Suir Town Hall.

Carrick-on-Suir town councillors had previously inserted a clause in the Town Development Plan, which they believed would prevent mobile phone masts from securing planning permission.

But the wording of the clause wasn’t strong enough and there was consternation in the town in 2010 when Meteor Mobile was granted permissioned to erect a mobile phone mast at the Mill River Business Park.