Plans for Cheam telephone mast

UPDATE: You can sign our petition against the telephone mast here.

Cheam Councillors are asking residents to have their say on plans for a new telephone mast on Tilehurst Road, Cheam.

Representatives for Vodafone Limited and Telefónica UK Limited approached Cheam councillors today with plans to install a base stations and a 12.5m mast on the northern part of the footpath between the junctions with Malden Road and Stoughton Avenue.

Councillor Elliot Colburn said: "We have been given 14 days to pass on our views and we have told them we will be seeking the views of residents to pass on as well.

"I have concerns, especially as the mast will be substantially higher than the surrounding trees, so I don't really see how it will be hidden from the view of the neighbouring homes. However, I do know people have struggled with coverage in the area.

"We are urging residents to have their say, so please get in touch with your views."

This will not be the only opportunity to have your say as there will need to be a planning application (with full public consultation) before it can go ahead, but please do share your views if you can at this stage.

Below is the email received by local councillors.


Dear Cllrs,


Vodafone Limited has entered into an agreement with Telefónica UK Limited pursuant to which the two companies plan to jointly operate and manage a single network grid across the UK. These arrangements will be overseen by Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd (CTIL) which is a joint venture company owned by Vodafone Limited and Telefónica UK Limited.

This agreement allows both organisations to:

  • pool their basic network infrastructure, while running two, independent, nationwide networks
  • maximise opportunities to consolidate the number of base stations
  • significantly reduce the environmental impact of network development

Vodafone and Telefónica are in the process of progressing a radio base station. We aim to work with you to progress a proposal that is both acceptable to your authority and meets Vodafone’s and Telefónica’s technical network requirements. This approach accords with Vodafone’s and Telefónica’s Best Practice Commitments to ensure consultation with Local Planning Authorities and other appropriate key stakeholders.

As part of Vodafone’s and Telefónica’s continued network improvement program, there is a specific requirement for a radio base station at this location to provide improved network coverage to the Cheam area.

Mobiles can only work with a network of base stations in place where people want to use their mobile phones or other wireless devices. Without base stations, the mobile phones and other devices we rely on simply won’t work.

This email therefore invites you, in accordance with planning policy guidance and Best Practice Commitments, to enter into pre-application discussions with regard to our preferred site option prior to a formal planning submission. Several steps in the site identification process have already been undertaken. The Local Planning Authority mast register and our records of other potential sites have been reviewed, the policies in the Development Plan have been taken into account and we have examined the inter-operator site sharing database.

Our technical network requirement is as follows:

CTIL_149883, Vf_87753, Tf_71919

The preferred option is as follows:

  • The installation of a 12.5 metre high dual user street pole radio base station housing 6no. antennas within a GRP shroud, painted brown. There will also be 7no. radio equipment cabinet located next to the pole found at Footway on northern side of Tilehurst Road, Cheam, London, SM3 8QZ.
  • The proposed installation would be read within the context of existing street furniture located along this stretch of Tilehurst Lane which will aid its assimilation. It is highlighted that the proposed installation has been specifically sited so that it is situated away from residential view points given their orientation within the street scene. In this regard it is considered that the proposal would not appear untoward within the street scene. Planning permission has recently been granted at appeal for a 10 metre high monopole at this location, however this scheme has not yet been implemented by the operators due to need to deliver multiple technologies which requires a more robust structure and further equipment cabinets.
  • It is highlighted at this juncture that the proposed installation facilities mast sharing, thus preventing the proliferation of telecommunications installations within this area. The height of the proposed installation has been kept to a technical minimum ensuring that it clears immediate the built and natural clutter, enabling the effective propagation of the radio signal so as to meet the operators coverage objectives within the area of Wandsworth Common. [This is a typing error on the part of Mono.]

All Vodafone and Telefónica installations are designed to be fully compliant with the public exposure guidelines established by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). These guidelines have the support of UK Government, the European Union and they also have the formal backing of the World Health Organisation. A certificate of ICNIRP compliance will be included within the planning submission.

Finally, we would be interested in any local stakeholders or groups that you consider would like to know more about our proposals.

We look forward to receiving your response within 14 days of the date of this email.

Yours faithfully,

Dom Needham
Acquisition Manager - London


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