Finsbury residents ‘in the dark’ over rooftop antennas
Telecommunications company wants to put broadband equipment on Michael Cliffe House
13 March, 2020 — By Sam Ferguson
A RESIDENTS’ association has accused the council of a “lack of communication” about an upcoming planning meeting which will decide whether hundreds of new antennas are to be installed on two social housing blocks in Finsbury Estate.
Telecommunications company Luminet wants to put 86 fixed broadband antennas on Michael Cliffe House, with a further 65 planned for the roof of nearby Braithwaite House.
Last year, a council planning meeting on the same proposals was halted so residents could be properly consulted, and to give Town Hall officials time to confirm with the company that it was not planning to install 5G equipment.
But now, Richard Larscombe, head of the Finsbury Residents’ Association, has said the council has again failed to let residents know about next Tuesday’s meeting.
“The last time this came up it fell apart because of communication failure,” said Mr Larscombe.
“Now they’ve tried to sneak it through again. We were specifically told that we would be contacted, but they’ve done no such thing. 197 people objected to these plans in the recent consultation. That’s a lot of people with very particular views.”
He added: “It’s a shame that they haven’t been told that this meeting is going on.”
The meeting is scheduled to take place at the Town Hall at 6.30pm on Tuesday.
The council said invitations had been sent to residents living in both of the tower blocks.