New aerials plan gets approval

MOBILE phone aerials in a Scarborough church tower will be upgraded after councillors approved a planning application.

Permission to change the existing antennae was needed because St Andrew’s United Reformed Church in Ramshill Road is a Grade II Listed Building.

The application was discussed at Thursday’s meeting of Scarborough Council’s planning committee and it had been recommended for approval by planning officers.

Amy Carter, one of the council’s planning officers, told councillors that the existing aerials were discrete and that a cabinet would be located inside the church building.

The new aerials would provide 3G network coverage for both Vodafone and O2.

Cllr David Billing said that he was not aware that the aerials were already installed in the church tower.

And Cllr Jane Mortimer, the committee chairman, welcomed the application and said: “I used to fight for dual use aerials rather than one for every operator.”

But Cllr Phil McDonald said he was concerned whether the new antennae would output more power.

Cllr Mortimer said that the environmental health department had not highlighted any concerns.

The committee voted in favour of the application and granted planning permission and listed building consent.