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LEAFY PHONE MAST 'MAKES VILLAGE A LAUGHING STOCK'

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Residents of a Staffordshire village have formed an action group demanding that a 60ft mobile telephone mast disgui...
Residents of a Staffordshire village have formed an action group demanding that a 60ft mobile telephone mast disguised as a tree be taken down because it makes the village 'a laughing stock'.

The Daily Telegraph (p9) reports that residents do not think much of One2One's attempts to camouflage the mast with fake branches and leaves.

Mike Bishop, of the North Wombourn Tree Mast Protest Group, said: 'It is ridiculous. We had heard there were plans to build a mast but were never told what the outcome of the planning application had been.

'Then one day it appeared. It stands miles above the other trees, which are in their winter condition. And there it is, 60ft high with plastic branches and leaves. The wood has been ruined by this impostor. It make the village a laughing stock.'

Reg Williams a member of the council planning committee, said: 'I admit it does look a bit odd at the moment because it has leaves and branches, and the other trees don't. But come summer, when all the trees are full of colour, you won't be able to tell the difference. The council accepted the design and we did not anticipate any problems.'
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