Further boost for 5G in Walsall
The roll-out of 5G in Walsall continues at pace as proposals to erect two new masts have been given the thumbs-up.
Walsall Council’s planners granted permission for 20-metre-high poles and associated equipment to be put up on Bull Lane in Moxley and Greenside Way.
These are the latest in a series of applications submitted by network provider Cornerstone in recent weeks, five of which have been approved.
Earlier this month, it was agreed that similar columns and equipment would be sited in Lichfield Road in Willenhall, Collingwood Drive in Great Barr and one on land at the junction of Manor Road and Chester Road in Streetly.
People have previously raised concerns about the health risks associated with 5G and increase mobile communication.
It was even linked to causing coronavirus, a theory which has been dismissed as a conspiracy but that is believed to have been the motive behind arson attacks on masts across the West Midlands in recent months.
In their applications, Cornerstone have provided a number of documents to provide reassurance that the masts do not pose a risk to residents’ health.
And they also wrote to MPs and local councillors setting out the benefits of 5G and why the locations have been chosen for the equipment.
They said: “5G service provision will bring faster, more responsive and reliable connections than ever before.
“More than any previous generation of mobile networks, it has the potential to improve the way people live, work and travel, and to deliver significant benefits to the economy and industry through the ability to connect more devices to the internet.
“The demand for mobile data in the UK is increasing rapidly, and as households and businesses become increasingly reliant on mobile connectivity, the infrastructure must be in place to ensure supply does not become a constraint on future demand.”