City of Bayswater not receptive to phone tower at Crimea Reserve

Amber-Jade Sanderson and Joy Nichols with fellow residents. They are protesting against a proposed telecommunication tower at Crimea Reserve. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Amber-Jade Sanderson and Joy Nichols with fellow residents. They are protesting against a proposed telecommunication tower at Crimea Reserve. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

CITY of Bayswater Council rejected a telecommunications base tower for Crimea Reserve in Morley last week mainly due to its proximity to homes.

Vodafone applied to install a 20m monopole with six panel antennas attached and equipment shelter in order to fix “black spot” telecommunications issues in the suburb.

According to an officer report, the proposal does not comply with local planning policy which states telecommunications facilities cannot be located within 250m of residential land.

It also was considered to have an “undue impact” on the amenity of the area.

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Council received two submissions in support of the proposal, 17 submissions against, including a petition with 205 signatures.

Morley resident Joy Nichols, who helped collect signatures, thanked everyone who signed.

Mayor Barry McKenna said there were “solid planning and amenity grounds for refusing the application”.

“It is for the applicants to look at alternative sites for their facilities that are appropriate and meet their technical requirements,” he said.