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Parents see red over Orange phone mast

PUBLISHED: 16:46 27 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:53 07 September 2010

PARENTS are furious with plans for an 8m mobile phone mast on the edge of Primrose Hill. Mobile phone giant Orange wants to put an antenna on the corner of Prince Albert Road and Albert Terrace, right next to the park and opposite London Zoo

Ben McPartland

PARENTS are furious with plans for an 8m mobile phone mast on the edge of Primrose Hill.

Mobile phone giant Orange wants to put an antenna on the corner of Prince Albert Road and Albert Terrace, right next to the park and opposite London Zoo.

With two schools within a few hundred yards, the news has sparked health fears among parents who are worried about the impact of radiation.

Rachel Sidlow, 38, has two children at nearby Primrose Hill primary. She said: "Mobile phone companies, and all big businesses like that, don't give so much as a second thought to the little people like me and my family.

"We are the people who are affected, the people who actually live in the areas they want to build the phone towers in. If it works for them, then they'll just go along with it.

"They don't give us any information about what they are doing, they just go ahead and do it without caring about the impact it will have on us."

Governors at Primrose Hill primary on Princess Road are set to discuss the mast application at a meeting next week.

Others are worried the mast will tarnish the picturesque nature of the conservation area.

Eria Sanio, 24, said: "This is such a pretty area, something like this really would ruin that.

"I've heard plenty of things on the news about how bad these mobile phone towers are for you. There are so many kids around here, I just feel like it would be better if they could put it elsewhere."

Camden Town and Primrose Hill councillor Pat Callaghan has called on residents to object to the plan.

She said: "I believe these masts pose health problems for the local community and we need to oppose this planning application.

"We don't know the long-term effects of these masts and I am most concerned about the young people. The environmental impact of the phone mast will also be high."

Cllr Callaghan is an Orange customer herself but believes mobile phone companies are getting away with too much.

"They take liberties by trying to get these applications through under the radar all the time," she said.

Orange was unavailable for comment.

ben.mcpartland@hamhigh.co.uk

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