People power wins the fight against Godley 5G mast

RESIDENTS are celebrating after saving an area of Godley green space from a 5G phone mast overshadowing it.

Now the hope is to make more of what is known as Vincent Park, which lies at the junction of Stockport Road and Mottram Road.

People were horrified when Cignal Infrastructure UK applied to Tameside Council to place a 20-metre mast with six antennae plus three cabinets adjacent.

However, their work, supported by Cllr Andrea Colbourne, has paid off and rewarded with the application being turned down.

Residents are celebrating the decision

One resident that helped the residents’ fight back – including finding the original deeds to the land left by Vincent Firth – is toasting the achievement.

They said: “It was a bit of a shock when I found out.

“Just before I went to sleep, I thought I’ d check to see where we were up to and the decision notice was there. It’s a really good result.

“We did a number of things. Some door knocking and getting residents to sign a petition. There were issues around the environment, how it would look and the impact on wildlife.

“We submitted copies of the deeds to the council, in which Mr Firth said he wanted to protect that space.

“He made reference to not building anything that would affect how it would look or building up to its boundary.

Inside Vincent Park, Godley

“A neighbour had them and it was very detailed. We sifted through a pile of documents and submitted them saying we believe it has historic significance and importance as we believe Vincent was a former mayor of Hyde.

“There was also a large sinkhole at the bottom of Sheffield Road a few years ago, leading to concerns over whether the pavement would be able to take its weight.

“It was a bit of a learning curve for me. It’s government infrastructure, so they have to consider it but when it comes to whether its suitable or not, it comes down to evidence.”

Tameside Council in its decision letter said: “It is considered that the proposed development, by virtue of its siting, size, height and external appearance, would be visually incongruous and as a result would have an unacceptable impact on the appearance of the locality.

“Furthermore, the associated equipment cabinets would result in visual clutter within the street scene and to the park entrance.

“On the basis of the available evidence, the Local Planning Authority is not satisfied that the siting and external appearance of the apparatus have been designed and located to minimise their visual impact.”

Now the mast plan has been turfed out, Lyndon and others got together on Friday, August 4 to discuss what to do next.

And hopes are high a group can be formed to help take it further.

“We’re looking at kickstarting Friends of Vincent Park, setting up a community group then looking at vetting some funding to hopefully develop it and take care of it.

“We’ll discuss what we can do as a group to honour Vincent Firth’s legacy. He wanted it as a park – a nice green space for residents to use.

“We’ll also look to improve the maintenance and make it a better space than it is. We could hold events there in the future.

“We wouldn’t be able to develop the park if it was there. It would’ve been very difficult to make it look nice with a 20-metre pole there.

“It wouldn’t have been in keeping with the area either. Some good has come out of it – we’re together and discussing what we can do collectively.”


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