Faster phone network plan for Doncaster

Doncaster's  Civic Offices.
Doncaster's Civic Offices.

Thousands of Doncaster residents could soon benefit from faster mobile phone connections under plans being considered by council chiefs.

Vodafone and Telefonica have submitted joint proposals to upgrade a communications mast in Conisbrough which would result in faster internet connections for mobile phone users in the area.

Jannie Hann, planning manager for Clarke Telecom, which is representing both companies, said: “There is a specific requirement for an upgrade to the existing radio base station at this location.

“This will enable the site to be 4G capable and improve the 2G/3G capacity within the single network grid to meet growing demand for high-speed data access due to the growth of the smartphone and tablet devices market.

“Without base stations, the mobile phones and other devices we rely on simply won’t work.”

No letters of objection have yet been submitted to the proposal but project leaders still sought to allay any concerns over the potential impact on public health.

A spokesman said the mast will not have any impact on public health as it is designed to ensure residents “are not exposed to radio frequency fields above guidelines” set by global health organisations.

The planning application seeks the removal of the existing 15m pole and six antennas to be replaced with a 17.5m high mast close to the sewage works at Denaby Lane.

No objections have yet been submitted to the scheme. Planning chiefs at Doncaster Council are due to make a decision on the proposal at the Civic Offices by March 28.