North Yorkshire’s ‘non-spot’ mobile phone to get 4G coverage in coming months
Clarke Telecom Ltd has submitted a proposal on behalf of mobile telecommunications operator Three to the North York Moors National Park Authority to create a radio base station, comprising a 25 meter lattice tower for nine antennas and six transmitting dishes in the 2,760 acres of Wykeham Forest, in Hackness, near Scarborough.
The proposal is part of the government-backed Shared Rural Network program in which Three, Telefonica and Vodafone are working to improve mobile coverage for people living, working and traveling in areas where the installation of mobile infrastructure does not was not previously considered commercially viable or overly problematic.
It follows the North Yorkshire Rural Commission’s inquiry finding rural communities in the county need to enter the 21st century to boost the economy and provide a basic ‘human right’ to internet access and coverage of mobile telephony.
As North Yorkshire County Council lobbies the government to include resources from a platform to improve internet and mobile phone coverage as part of a devolution deal, the Hackness app comes weeks after another program partly funded by the government to improve coverage in a protected environment. area has been approved.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Mobile Access North Yorkshire consent last month will see a mast erected to bring 5G technology to the north end of Coverdale as part of a £6.4million project.
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In planning documents, Clarke Telecom says the Hackness facility’s shared infrastructure would ensure that 4G coverage is provided by all three telephone operators while limiting environmental impact through fewer masts.
National park planning officials said the 25-metre tower, which is the equivalent of five double-decker buses, Clarke Telecom had worked with the authority to minimize its prominence and visibility over the protected landscape.
As the proposed site is in a remote location, in the center of one of the densest coniferous forests in the region, it is understood that only the first five meters of the mast will be visible, so the proposal is likely to be approved within a few weeks.
Ward Councilor David Jeffels said high-quality phone coverage would bring about significant change for the area by promoting investment and job creation in the agricultural and tourism sectors, as well as encouraging young people to live and work there.
He said: “This is really good news because, although the Harwood Dale area is only about five miles from Scarborough, it certainly has its communication problems. As it is one of the most beautiful areas of North Yorkshire, it is very popular with tourists and visitors who need and expect to have a phone signal.
“We have an increasing number of businesses, and in particular the tourism industry, and residents who have great difficulty accessing cellphones, and also a school where there is no signal, so that will change. deal for the area.”