Galliford Try, acting on behalf of Cornerstone Telecommunications and Telefonica UK, has now written to Shorne Parish Council formally requesting to enter into negotiations to reach a consensual agreement to lease land on Shorne Common for a mobile telecommunications base station.
The Parish Council has previously informed them that, whilst we recognise the need to improve mobile phone coverage in Shorne, we consider that their proposal to install a 25 metre lattice tower on Shorne Common is insensitive and inappropriate, and they should look for alternative solutions.
Since the land was granted to the Parish Council in trust for the specific purpose of providing a recreation ground for the benefit of the inhabitants of the parish, we do not consider that it is appropriate to enter into negotiations without the taking account of the views of the inhabitants of the parish. In view of Galliford Try’s refusal to carry out a public consultation, the Parish Council is carrying out its own consultation. On completion of the consultation, we will make a decision on whether to enter into negotiations.
However, residents should be under no illusion – if we refuse to enter into negotions or fail to reach an agreement, it is very likely that they will seek a court order to impose an ageement on us, irrespective of the views of residents and irrespective of ownership of the land. This is the power they have under the terms of The Electronic Communications Code in Schedule 3A of The Communications Act.
You can take part in our consultation at https://www.shornepc.kentparishes.gov.uk/consultation-mobile-phone-mast/ or by clicking on the box below.
Please note that this is not a planning application. They will still need to obtain planning approval from Gravesham Borough Council, who will have to carry out a formal consultation.
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