Objectors have hit out at “disgraceful” plans to build a 20m tall 5G mast next to park tennis courts.

Cornerstone, a joint venture telecommunications company between Vodafone and O2, has applied to build the mast in Priory Road near Crouch End.

According to documents submitted to Haringey Council, the tower would be placed next to the tennis courts in Priory Park.

Alongside the mast, there would be six supporting antennae, two 300mm dishes, and two other cabinets.

But the proposals have racked up more than 80 written objections from people who say they “fervently” oppose the mast.

One objection submitted to Haringey’s public register said: "This horrific 20m tall eyesore right across the street from our house would be unduly obtrusive in the street scene and wreck the natural feeling and views of the park that so many of our residents treasure.

“As a neighbourhood, we protect the area in question as a wild garden for flowers and birds.”

Another claimed that the mast would block views of Alexandra Palace from the road, and the "picturesque" views into the Victorian park.

They added: “I fervently object to the placement of the mast. This is a residential area and not suitable for a large industrial structure.”

One objector who often visits the area urged the council to “reconsider and do the right thing”.

They said: “This is completely out of character for the area and beyond disruptive to the entire community who use this park as the central meeting point of the neighbourhood. Unbelievable and disgraceful.”

In response to criticism, a spokesperson for Cornerstone said the firm understands that its mobile infrastructure “impacts communities”.

They added: “We design our sites to ensure that they blend into the area as much as is possible while enabling quality digital connectivity to the communities we serve.  

“Integral throughout is our pre-application engagement – for the proposed site we consulted with three ward councillors and the local MP.”

Cornerstone said that seven potential locations were considered before it settled on the site in Priory Road.

The firm claimed it is the best site available to provide the network improvements needed, while “minimising” the visual impact of the proposal.

If approved, the mast is expected to provide new 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G coverage in the area.

Full details of the plans can be found on Haringey’s public register under reference HGY/2023/3382.

Comments on the application can be made until Monday (February 5), with a target decision date of February 14.