Vodafone and O2 plan a new communication mast near the A49 and Elm Lodge

Two telecommunications giants are planning to erect a 21-metre high tower on the outskirts of Ludlow.

The expectation is that this will considerably improve mobile coverage in Ludlow. That must be a good thing but I am not sure that this is the best site for the mast.

A planning application has been submitted by Clarke Telecom on behalf of Vodafone and Telefonica (O2) (16/05279/FUL).

The mast is slight structure compared to many in the area. At 21-metres high, it will protrude more than 10 metres above the trees lining Fishmore Road. The lattice tower will have three antennas on top.

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Documentation submitted with the application shows that Clarke Telecom considered several sites around Ludlow before choosing the Fishmore Road site. They included Ludlow Brewery, Bringewood and the roof of St Peter’s Church (for goodness sake!).

I am surprised that the list doesn’t include the Eco Park. I would have thought our business park would be ideal for a mast like this. And there is plenty of ground on the Eco Park now that the hospital project has been abandoned. But it may be that a mast there would not serve the area required for the phone companies.

I am disappointed that Clarke Telecom only provides drawings of what this mast will look like from the east – open fields – and not from the west, Fishmore Road.

I’d like to hear your views on this.

3 thoughts on “Vodafone and O2 plan a new communication mast near the A49 and Elm Lodge

  1. Ref new phone aerial.
    I am overjoyed to hear this news. At last i hope i will be able to get a phone signal without having to go upstairs to get a connection. I am facing Fishmore area so it looks like just the right place for me and others in my area.

  2. Well said Rick. It just seems to me Mr Boddington objects to anything that’s proposed within 10 miles of Ludlow. If we can have a better phone signal than it must be progress for the businesses of Ludlow and the general public.

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