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Ticknall church in phone mast plan

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

By Helen Kreft

St Georges Church Ticknall,plans to put a phone mast in the spire

St Georges Church Ticknall,plans to put a phone mast in the spire

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PLANS to put a telephone mast on a village church steeple to boost a signal have been discussed.

Councillor Nigel Picken, chairman of Ticknall Parish Council spoke out at its latest meeting after it was suggested by a member of the public that St George's church would be a good location to combat the village's poor signal.

Councillor Picken received an email for the parish council making the suggestion that a phone mast should be put on to the church steeple, because the rece ption in Ticknall is very poor.

Following a discussion the parish council agreed it would benefit the villagers and also be an income for the church.

However, Councillor Picken sai d the church steeple location had just been an idea by the member of the public and may not go ahead.

He said: "We would have to approach the parochial church council if we were suggesting the idea and people have previously been concerned with the effect phone masts have on your health – as the school is close by."

The original suggestion came from a villager who was concerned about not being able to contact her daughter on her mobile late at night because of the poor signal.

However, it was later revealed that the nearest phone mast in Swadlincote had been down at the time.

But the complaint has triggered ideas on how to improve signal.

Councillor Picken said: "The signal in Ticknall is terrible. It think it is because we are in a dip.

"I know one person who has to walk around the village to get a signal. Everyone complains about it.

"I am on Orange and sometimes I get a signal and sometimes I don't. It is quite frustrating.

"I don't know where we would put the phone mast and it is about asking phone providers to improve signal for just 300 mobile phones. We only have about 400 homes in the village."

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