Base station upgrade at Broadbury Road Police Station

Give comments by 31 July: Ref VF 47280. 

Main image: The police station on Broadbury Road. Picture Lewis Campbell.

Residents are invited to give their comments about a proposed radio base station upgrade at Broadbury Road Police station to provide additional 4G capacity to the area.

The work will be overseen by mobile infrastructure services company Cornerstone for Vodaphone Limited.

Craig Horn from Bristol-based Maxema Ltd, which is working on behalf of Cornerstone and Vodaphone, said the work would mean “increasing 4 G capacity and adding three remote radio units (RRUs) onto the existing poles at the police station.”

He said local people had until 31 July to make any comments – but the plans were not online. They will then be submitted to Bristol City Council.

Side view of Broadbury Road Police Station from Leinster Avenue showing the existing mast. Picture Lewis Campbell.

A letter has been emailed to local councillors and has also been circulated to Knowle West Alliance but paper copies have not been delivered locally.

Residents who wish to make comments or have any queries should email craig.horn@maxema.co.uk quoting VF 47280 or call him on 07851 005034 before 31 July.

See the letter below and pictures of the plans:

PROPOSED BASE STATION UPGRADE AT VF 47280 – BROADBURY ROAD POLICE STATION, BROADBURY ROAD, KNOWLE WEST, BRISTOL, BS4 1JT

Cornerstone is the UK’s leading mobile infrastructure services company. We acquire, manage, and own over 20,000 sites and are committed to enabling best in class mobile connectivity for over half of all the country’s mobile customers. We oversee works on behalf of telecommunications providers and wherever possible aim to:

•             promote shared infrastructure 

•             maximise opportunities to consolidate the number of base stations 

•             significantly reduce the environmental impact of network development

Cornerstone are in the process of identifying a suitable site in the Knowle West area for a radio base station that will improve service provision for Vodafone Limited. 

The purpose of this letter is to consult with you and seek your views on our proposal before any planning submission is made. We understand that you are not always able to provide site specific comments, however, Cornerstone and Vodafone are committed to consultation with communities on our mobile telecommunications proposals and as such would encourage you to respond.

As part of Vodafone’s continued network improvement program, there is a specific requirement for a radio base station upgrade at this location to provide additional 4G capacity in the area.

Mobiles can only work with a network of base stations in place where people want to use their mobile phones or other wireless devices. Without base stations, the mobile phones, and other devices we rely on simply won’t work.

Please find below the details of the proposed site and the alternative site options considered and discounted in our site selection process: –

Our technical network requirement is as follows: 

  • CS 130744 / VF 47280 / BROADBURY ROAD POLICE STATION
  • The  works required to the site will include – The installation of RRU’s, along with ancillary works.

·       BROADBURY ROAD POLICE STATION, BROADBURY ROAD, KNOWLE WEST, BRISTOL, BS4 1JT – NGR: 359022, 169790

·       This is the preferred option as the site provides adequate coverage, its proposed position is considered suitable in the context for the telecommunications base station. Taking into account the development’s siting and appearance when read in its current environment, it is considered that a scheme in this location will not undermine the visual amenity of the area with minimal impact on the sky-line whilst utilising (upgrading) an existing site.

The Local Planning Authority mast register and our records of other potential sites have already been reviewed, the policies in the Development Plan have been taken into account and the planning history of the site has been examined.

All Cornerstone installations are designed to be fully compliant with the public exposure guidelines established by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). These guidelines have the support of UK Government, the European Union and they also have the formal backing of the World Health Organisation.  A certificate of ICNIRP compliance will be included within the planning submission.

In order to give you time to send your comments or request further information, we commit to allow at least 14 days before an application is submitted to the Local Planning Authority. This 14-day period starts from the date at the top of this letter.

We would also be grateful if you could please advise of any local stakeholders or groups that might like to make comments. 

We look forward to receiving any comments you may have on the proposal.

Should you have any queries regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me quoting VF 47280. 

Yours faithfully

Craig Horn

Maxema Ltd

mob: 07851 005034

email: craig.horn@maxema.co.uk

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