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Redhatch Copse Telecommunications Mast
The article below has been written by a resident of Earley. The opinions expressed are those of the resident; while the future of Redhatch Copse is of great interest to Earley Environmental Group, the opinions expressed are not official group policy. The article is presented here in the interest of stimulating debate. Any comments on the article can be sent to the EEG WebMaster and will be forwarded to the author.
As residents of Earley we all should be aware of the impact that the communications mast that has been erected in Redhatch Copse will have on the environment of the copse and surrounding areas. The Wokingham Borough Council has been very unsupportive, as have the Earley Town Council, although the Town Council have little powers, they showed no support for the efforts to get the outline plans for the mast stopped.
The planning appeal which took place on 6th and 7th March, 2012 came out in favour of erecting the mast in its present position, despite arguments from local residents about the size, noise, environment and other genuine issues being put forward. So, we are left with this "blot on the landscape".
The cooling systems will create a "hum" which will be audible from the gardens in the summer. House values have dropped by 10% or on average £30K - and the properties will be much harder to sell.
What to do about all this. Well, we have the support of a local Estate Agent and we are looking at the original agreements from 1947 when the land was bequeathed to the University. We must ensure that the copse is no longer violated in any way and that any future development in the copse is stopped. We need the support of the Town Council - let us see if they have any backbone.
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