NEIGHBOURS are banding together to oppose plans to instal 5G masts on the roof of their building.

They have been submitted by mobile phone infrastructure firm Cornerstone on behalf of Telefonica UK, also known as O2, and its network-sharing partner Vodafone.

They want to put 12 masts and four dishes on the roof of Park Lodge, in Dyke Road, Hove, and seven cabinets in the communal garden.

Leaseholders and tenants in the six-storey block of 43 flats have signalled their outrage. They said last year Cornerstone installed masts on the roof of the Territorial Army barracks across the road for O2 and Vodafone.

The Argus: Mast installation on the Territorial Army barracksMast installation on the Territorial Army barracks

In its latest application to Brighton and Hove City Council, the telecoms infrastructure company said the equipment at the barracks had a different operator.

Councillor Samer Bagaeen has taken up the case with Cornerstone, who said the mock chimney and flagpole-style masts at the barracks were used by O2 only.

The company said there was no room there for additional Vodafone masts and the two companies did not share the same technology.

Cllr Bagaeen and his fellow Conservative councillor Vanessa Brown, who both represent Hove Park ward, are backing the residents.

They were frustrated at not having received any information from Cornerstone, despite the company saying it was sent out in May.

In an email to campaigners, Cllr Bagaeen said the company had admitted it had “slipped up” when it came to consulting the area’s elected representatives.

He said: “This is an awful, awful application that should not be granted. It has a chequered history with the explanation of what’s happening at the TA building.”

Residents are gearing up to fight the proposal, with some 25 of them attending two meetings to start organising their campaign.

Valerie Bundy started a campaign against masts on the roof more than 20 years ago and said she was prepared to fight on.

She marked out the space in the communal garden where the cabinets would go to help neighbours see the effect on their private grounds.

The Argus: 5G masts could be put on the roof of Park Lodge5G masts could be put on the roof of Park Lodge

Miss Bundy said: “Urgent action is needed because of the land grab by these telecoms companies. The plan will completely change how the building looks for us and also people in the surrounding area. It will also impact on the park, as we have trees which we think are ancient elms, and they’re talking about cutting trees back and there are bats and other forms of wildlife there.”

She is also concerned about the visual impact of on neighbouring listed buildings, the Dyke pub and the Booth Museum.

More than 45 objections have been lodged l along with two letters of support.

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