There is outcry among local residents on the Ballina road side of Crossmolina  after Mayo County Council granted Eir planning permission to erect an 18 metre mast on the company’s substation on the entrance to the town of Crossmolina.

The local residents now intend to appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanala.

Mayo county council granted Eir permission to erect the 18m mast on the 28th August. A notice of planning was erected at the front of Eir’s substation on July 7th, and for a number of reasons people in the area had not seen it / understood it and so no objections to the development were submitted to Mayo County Council.

The main problem people had with the notice was its wording and the confusion it caused – the area in question is known as the Glebe, but the site notice read Knockalegan.

In addition the timing of the site notice was during the height of the Summer, many were away and others were still cocooning – as the area has a number of elderly residents.

Eir appears to be putting up the mast to enhance/ introduce  it’s 4/5 G coverage in the area.

Midwest News asked Eir for a comment today, but the company has not responded.

Midwest News visited the site of the proposed mast and spoke to a number of residents who gathered, social distancing, to outline their concerns about the development. They are now preparing their submission to An Bord Pleanala to object to the planning given.

Local Fianna Fail councillor Michael Loftus told Midwest News that he shares the concerns of residents about the proposed development by Eir in the town.

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