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Fuming mum gets home from work to find 65ft aerial erected at bottom of garden

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An angry mum got the shock of her life when she came home to find a whopping great big 5G mast looming over her garden.

Clare Brophy, 47, claims she “nearly had a heart attack” when she spotted the huge mast behind her garden fence in Rochdale.

And to make it worse, she was under the impression that the company who erected the pole – mobile infrastructure firm Cornerstone – had been refused planning permission by Rochdale Council.

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But unbeknown to her, the decision was overturned after an appeal, because the benefits of “enhancing local telecommunication coverage would outweigh the moderate harm to the character and appearance of the area”.

But, the mum-of-two told the Manchester Evening News: “I might as well be in the garden – it’s that close it’s ridiculous.

“I didn’t know what to think – it’s like a spaceship has appeared in my garden.

“I nearly had a heart attack. I thought ‘what hell is that’ It’s not like a lamppost – it looks like it’s going to take off, it looks like a rocket.

“They have a common field across the road.

“I don’t know why they didn’t stick it there or somewhere else – it’s absolutely ridiculous.

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“Why the hell have they stuck it here, when there’s one [a field] five minutes down the road and another two minutes round the corner from that?

“I just can’t believe it – it’s spoiled the skyline completely.

And now the world of politics has got involved, after Rochdale MP Tony Lloyd has taken on the women's issue.

The veteran Labour MP has claimed that he will be approaching the government ministers involved in looking after the Planning Inspectorate, urging them to review the decision as “nobody should come home to find such a monstrosity with seemingly grossly inadequate consultation and no consideration for the view from her house”.

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A spokesman for Cornerstone said: “We proposed a base station in Balderstone, Rochdale to provide essential network connectivity including 5G services to the area. Unfortunately the proposed base station was refused by the Local Planning Authority [the council]. Following this refusal we reviewed all our options, but concluded that the proposed site remained the best option locally

“A planning appeal was progressed and ultimately allowed.

“The site has now been developed and screening provided by adjacent trees will minimise views of the proposal within much of the local area.”

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