A SUGGESTION that mobile phone masts in the Snowdonia National Park should be made to look like trees, has been thrown out by planners.
Cllr Aeron Jones, Caernarfon suggested that a Vodafone mast applied for at Talybont, near Barmouth “should be made to look like a tree. The same as the mast on the outskirts of Bangor”.
Cllr Jones also suggested that, with an influx of applications for mobile phone masts in the park, companies should share masts.
Senior planning officer Aled Lloyd said that the trend by planning authorities to make masts look like trees was no longer a policy. “However, we can ask companies to share masts, but that will be a matter for them,” he added.
Jamaal Hafiz for the applicants CITLK/Vodfone Ltd said that Vodafone coverage in the Talybont area was very poor and the new mast would be able to provide 2, 3 and 4G reception for local residents both inside and outside their homes.
He said that better communication would help all aspects of the local economy of rural areas, especially businesses and the tourism trade.
Cllr John Pugh Roberts, Dinas Mawddwy, said: “I do not like the thought of the masts looking like false trees, as suggested by Cllr Jones, but the sharing of masts could be beneficial.”.
Members agreed to grant approval for CITL/Vodafone mast and equipment at The Barns, on the outskirts of Talybont, but not for it to look like a tree.