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Three appeals Louth County Council’s decision to refuse permission for new mast at Jackie’s

Three appeals Louth County Council’s decision to refuse permission for new mast at Jackie’s

Mobile operator Three has lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanála against Louth County Council’s decision to reject their plans to erect new telecommunication antennas at Jackie’s Restaurant on the Dublin Road.

The company’s parent Three Ireland (Hutchison) Ltd submitted an application in December to construct a new 24m high slim line monopole structure carrying three telecommunications antennas and one transmission dish together with an associated equipment cabinet at ground level.

The structure would be surrounded by security fencing.

However, following the objections of nine residents – many of them from the nearby Chapel Road, Louth County Council opted to refuse the application last month.

Residents had expressed concerns over possible interference with other networks or television, the height of the monopole, the possible impact on the electricity supply of  the area and any possible noise from the electrical cabinets. They also hit out at the fact the planning permission had no reference number on it and that it was positioned off the main road. Finally they pointed out guidelines from the Department of the Environment that state phone masts such as the one proposed by Three should only be considered as a last resort in a residential area.

Three have now decided to appeal the decision as they bid to improve their mobile phone signal in the area.

The case will be heard in the coming months.

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