Morley: No reception for Vodafone as proposed telecommunications pole knocked back by Bayswater

Morley: No reception for Vodafone as proposed telecommunications pole knocked back by Bayswater

BAYSWATER Council has knocked back a proposed telecommunications facility at the back of a Morley shopping centre, following more than 600 signatures being gathered across three petitions.

The council unanimously rejected Vodafone’s development application for a 20m high mobile phone monopole and associated base station in Wellington Village Shopping Centre at last night’s council meeting.

Two petitions had a total of 599 signatures, while one online petition had 62 signatures.

According to an officer’s report, the proposed monopole would be visible from surrounding streets and did not fit with the streetscape.

The report also stated the residential amenity needs significantly outweighed any broader community benefits that could come from the proposed development.

The application did not comply with the City’s telecommunications towers policy and town planning scheme.

A Vodafone spokeswoman said Vodafone was yet to be formally advised of the council’s decision.

“If council does not intend to approve the application, it would be a disappointing outcome as our objective is to improve access to reliable, high-performing mobile services for local residents and businesses,” she said.

“We will review the decision and feedback from Bayswater council once it is made available to us, and determine any next steps from there.”

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