Network Rail have been busily building the infrastructure for a microwave communications mast which will be located on a raised plinth and measure over 20metres on the edge of Norwood Park off Finch Avenue.
The intrusive monstrosity will not only be damaging to the environment and views from the park but will tower over the homes of residents in Gipsy Road like a monster from a Sci-fi movie.
Setting aside the health fears of living so close to these types of masts and the impact on house prices in these tough times, Network Rail has made no attempt to contact residents about their plans to put up this mast.
Why? Apparently they don't have to because they are using a legal loophole to put up 2,200 of these things across the country.
Initially residents in Gipsy Road were unable to find out from Network Rail's so called customer relations advisors when this mast will be erected.
Residents contacted the council, councillors and Friends of Norwood Park about the siting of the mast so close to the park and homes. They were similarly unaware of Network Rail's intentions, although it has now transpired that council officials did know about the mast and had contact with Network Rail.
If BT wanted to put up a telecommunications tower they would have apply for planning permission and consult with residents Network Rail don't have to.
Network Rail claim these masts improve radio coverage and prevent accidents but we are the only European country investing over £200million in public funds in them.
There are tons of newspaper articles about these masts across the country and how Network Rail has railroaded through peoples lives. In Berkshire and Sutton Coldfield residents took physical action and blocked Network Rail from putting the masts up.
Some people have lived on Gipsy Road for 25 years and there are many families with young children who are concerned about health issues relating to these masts.
Now residents in Gipsy Road, Finch Avenue and surrounding area have got together to form the Stop the Mast campaign.
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