Residents opposed to mast turn out at rally

RESIDENTS who are vehemently opposed to the erection of a mast outside Kilmallock turned out in their numbers again at the weekend to demonstrate their opposition to the propoed structure.

RESIDENTS who are vehemently opposed to the erection of a mast outside Kilmallock turned out in their numbers again at the weekend to demonstrate their opposition to the propoed structure.

Cavan-based company Highpoint has applied to Limerick County Council for planning permission to construct a 30m high lattice telecommunications/3G support structure carrying six-panel antennas and four RT link dishes, with associated telecommunication cabinets and equipment at Ballinvana, Kilmallock.

“The vast majority of residents in the Martinstown and surrounding areas are completely opposed to the location of this structure due to the potential health hazards associated with such masts,” said local resident Pamela Corkery.

Despite the bad weather a large crowd of concerned local residents staged a public protest on Saturday to highlight their continued opposition to the proposed 30 metre high structure.

“If erected, the mast would be in close proximity to many homes - the nearest being just 88 metres from the location of the proposed mast-, farms, schools and the village of Elton,” Ms Corkery continued.

“Local residents hope that their concerns will be taken into consideration,” she continued.

Council files in relation to the application indicate that Richard Ryan, has given consent to have the telecommunications installation erected on his lands off the Kilmallock to Elton road, approximately three kilometres from the old Staker/Wallace GAA grounds.

However, local residents bitterly opposed to the mast are now calling on Mr Ryan to withdraw that consent.

“It’s on our doorstep. Will we have to leave our own house because of radiation? Do we have to lock it up and go?,” said one local resident whose home is 88 metres from the site of the proposed structure.

In July 2010, Meteor Mobile Communications Ltd contracted Highpoint Communications Ltd to provide multi-operations single site solutions to provide Meteor mobile coverage on the new national transport infrastructure, and existing rail service corridors.

A decision in relation to the matter is to be made by early March.