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Council and Telecom fail to reveal 5 more towers


*Council and Telecom fail to reveal 5 more towers*

Unknown to its residents, the Porirua Council gave Telecom the go-ahead for six cell towers.

There are also two further approvals pending.

Councillor Robert Shaw said he was appalled that the public has not been told about all the towers.

"Five approvals only came to light when I asked about other sites because of the public outrage about the Titahi Bay proposal"

"Telecom put the Titahi Bay tower on hold because of public opposition, but they did not tell the public about the other towers".

The sites approved are: Tithai Bay; Bedford Street next to the Freedom Church; Waitangirua, adjacent to the shops; Broken Hill Road; Kenepuru Drive; and Colonial Knob.

Resource consents applied for are a new towers in Pukerua Bay above Rawhiti Road and at Moonshine Road.

Cr Shaw said Telecom's plans for the whole city need to be considered together.

"It is vital that our Council establishes rules in its District Plan to manage the serious conflicts that now appear between telecommunications companies and residents."

The whole purpose of local government is to resolve such issues in neighbourhoods, Cr Shaw added.


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