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CALL FOR GREATER POWERS FOR COUNCILS OVER TELECOMMUNICATIONS MASTS

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Local authorities want more powers over the siting of telecommunications masts, BBC Radio Four's Today programme he...
Local authorities want more powers over the siting of telecommunications masts, BBC Radio Four's Today programme heard this morning.

Mobile phone companies want to put up thousands of masts over the next few years and the government plans to extend public consultation over the siting and appearance of masts, Today reported.

But there are not enough planning controls on radio masts, Stuart Stacey of the Local Government Association told the programme. 'Local authorities feel very frustrated and powerless. The companies can put up masts up to 15 metres, against the wishes of local people, against the better judgment of the local authority', he said.
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