EE and HG3 were the Network providers behind the plans. In a letter to the council, the companies wrote: “As part of [our] continued network improvement program, [we] wish to upgrade the existing site to facilitate additional coverage and capacity requirements, incorporating new technologies including 5G”
The 20-metre-tall masts were set to be installed in three different locations around the city. One near Hove Park, one on Arundel Street and another near the junction joining Roedean Road and Marine Drive.
However, residents near Hove Park were quick to raise their concerns about the masts saying that “the proposal would have a detrimental effect on the view of park and its the surrounding area and would be an eyesore on what is a beautiful green public place”
As well as this, the campaign group Brighton and Hove 5G Radiation Free have been rallying against the masts since their installation was proposed. They claim that the masts would contribute to a “damaging electromagnetic soup” and radio wave emissions could harm people’s nervous systems, reduce fertility and cause cancer.
However, there is currently no evidence to support these claims. Instead, EE and HG3 were denied planning permission by the City Council on the grounds that they would “create visual clutter” and harm the character of the area.
Despite research by the NHS, Public Health England and the World Health Organisation showing that mobile phone signals are safe, campaigners state that this research is out dated and have hailed the refusal of planning permission a major triumph for the city.