George says locals must decide on mobile phone coverage and proposed masts at Coverack and Treveddon, Ruan Minor

Posted on: 26th February 2015

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Local MP, Andrew George has called on the local community across The Lizard to let him know their opinions regarding two proposed masts at Coverack and Treveddon, Ruan Minor which have been presented as part of the Government’s Mobile Infrastructure Project (MIP) that aims to improve mobile telephony coverage.

Mr George has been contacted by telecommunications Minister in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Ed Vaizey MP, to look into the matter. Mr Vaizey updated Mr George him on progress and asked if the local community wishes to take advantage of the Mobile Infrastructure Project.

Mr George said, “I am seeking local views about mobile coverage. I had previously received a very strong response indicating deep dissatisfaction with coverage in many parts of the constituency. I had pressed the Government to focus some of their Mobile Infrastructure Project resources to help deal with the so-called “not spots” in our area.

“We now have two applications for masts to deal with the lack of coverage in some areas and it is up to the local community to decide whether or not it places accessibility to the mobile network above or below that of the perceived detriment of having a telephone mast in their vicinity. I am therefore keen to hear from local people, including the many who had, as recently as last autumn, contacted me in support of improved mobile communications.

I have asked the local parish councils for their views.”

The application for a mast in Coverack is now awaiting planning approval and the decision is imminent. The mast at Treveddon is in the pre-application stages.

Mr George is asking local residents to contact him by emailing or writing to his constituency office.

The supplier is planning to hold a Community Drop In Session in Ruan Minor in the next few weeks.