Upset over 20-metre phone mast erected overnight in Derby suburb

Residents have voiced their shock and anger after a 20-metre mobile phone mast was erected on a street in a Derby suburb under the cover of darkness.

People living on Blenheim Drive, in Allestree, say they were shocked after waking up on Wednesday morning to see the new development on the grass verge towering over their homes. Foundations were laid during the day on Tuesday before works took place during the night of April 26.

Those with homes and near the street say the mast is an eyesore and does not fit in the aesthetic of the area. They are especially concerned about the size of the boxes at the bottom of the pole.

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A woman, who did not want to be named, living in a house opposite the tower, said: “It’s an eyesore. Imagine having to wake up every day to a view like that.”

A man, who also wanted to remain anonymous, who regularly walks his dog through the area and sits on a nearby bench, said: “Now the view is disgusting when I have a sit down on my bench. I have to wake up and look at it every day.

“How did they get away with it? No one knew about it – we didn’t receive a letter telling us that this was going to happen. One minute there’s nothing there, the next it’s up.”

Derby City Council has been contacted for comment.

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