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‘Disappointment’ over plans for 13-metre mast overlooking Highbury Fields

PUBLISHED: 09:07 16 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:07 16 May 2017

Fieldview Court tenants say 'no' to the Highbury Fields antenna. Picture: Terry Stacy

Fieldview Court tenants say 'no' to the Highbury Fields antenna. Picture: Terry Stacy

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Plans for a 13-metre phone mast overlooking Highbury Fields have been submitted.

Vodafone has put in proposals to plonk the antenna on top of council-owned Fieldview Court in Highbury Grove.

Ruth Williamson, who owns a flat there, said: “There was no discussion about whether or not we wanted the antenna – we just got a letter through our doors saying it’s happening.”

Ruth also worries the antenna will be an “eyesore” that “will ruin the beautiful views within the park”.

The plans fall within a council conservation area, aimed at preserving its “specific character”. Ruth is “disappointed” conservation isn’t more stringently enforced. She also worries about the effect of the electromagnetic radiation on her 12-week-old baby and kids in the play park nearby.

Islington Council said it didn’t comment on active planning applications, but that applications attracting lots of responses may be heard at a public meeting.

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