Plumstead Cell Mast Appeal
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As the residents and community members of Plumstead, our interest in appealing the approved application (70364235) by the Dutch Reformed Church, i.e. the NG Kerk (in collaboration with the independent applicant and contractor) at 32 Ophir Road, Plumstead to have a portion of Erf 71719 rezoned from Single Residential Zone 1 to Utility Zone for purposes of installing a telecommunications monopole, is motivated by the fact that we will be directly affected by the TMI (Telecommunications Mast Infrastructure).
We hereby appeal the approval of the application for the following reasons:
- Proven, substantial devaluation of surrounding properties.
- Concern relating to health risks of being in close proximity to cellphone mast within a residential area. Lack of evidence to prove that there is no health risk whatsoever creates anxiety among families.
- Obstructing the integrity of the neighbourhood and its many heritage homes.
- No overwhelming evidence to support a need for a cell mast in and amongst homes (lack of dropped calls in the area)
- The argument that the mast will have a "positive economic impact" on the neighbourhood is unfounded (Plumstead consists primarily of residents, not businesses).
- Objectively, there are various non-residential, alternative sites around Plumstead that would have a less negative impact on the community. Cellphone tower reach is typically 2 – 3km (GSM with 35 km), towers are also more optimal and far-reaching in flat terrain, which indicates that alternative site placements would appear suitable and just as effective.
REFER TO THE APPEAL PROVIDING MORE DETAIL ON THE ABOVE CONCERNS THAT ARE SHARED BY THE COMMUNITY: TMI Appeal
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