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An example of an EE 5G mast

Further plans for a 5G mast in Bridgwater

TELEPHONE provider EE wants to build a 20-metre high 5G mast off the A38 in Bridgwater.

The mast would feature 12 antennae, two dishes and nine radio equipment cabinets.

EE have applied to Sedgemoor District Council to see if prior approval for the construction would be required and to request it if needed.

The equipment would, if approved, be constructed on the footpath next to the Skoda car dealership, almost opposite to the entrance to Compass Avenue near junction 24 of the M5.

The planning documents for the plan said: “MBNL (EE (UK) Ltd and H3G (UK) Ltd) is committed to providing improved network coverage and capacity, most notably in relation to 5G services.

Improving communications

“In these unprecedented times of the Covid-19 pandemic it is recognised that high-speed mobile connectivity is the lifeblood of a community; facilitating educational benefits, providing access to vital services, improving communications with the associated commercial benefits for local businesses, enabling e-commerce and facilitating the increased need and demand for working from home, as well as enjoying access to social, media and gaming for leisure time activities.

“The site has been chosen as the most viable option to ensure improved, reliable coverage.

“The proposed site will improve mobile network coverage in the area, providing improved, faster and more reliable connectivity for local residents and businesses.”

Sedgemoor council has indicated a decision will not be made on the application before January 22.

The proposal comes two months after an application by Three UK to construct a similar mast on Whitfield Road in Bridgwater was rejected following complaints from residents.

 

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