Camden has totally failed in its statutory duty to consult local residents about the proposal to install phone masts on the roof of Troyes House, Lawn Road.
In a meeting in October 2015 Camden decided to approach mobile phone companies to offer them the opportunity to install masts on council property in a effort to boost the authority’s revenues.
However in the same memo they state:
The first that Troyes House residents knew of the proposed installation on their roof was a flyer posted by Waldon Telecoms Ltd on behalf of Telefonica (02) on one (out of four) doors into Troyes House on 8th August 2016 – nearly a year after the decision was made by the council. No notices were posted on any of the surrounding houses.
The first communication from Camden was a ‘Planning Application Consultation’ sent to the residents of Troyes House, one adjoining house in Lawn Road and three houses in Upper Park Road that back onto Troyes house on the 12th September 2016 – over a month later.
No notifications was sent to any of the other houses in Lawn Road or Upper Park Road who would be very directly impacted by the installation of Phone masts on the roof of Troyes house.
Meanwhile Waldon Telecom put in for planning application on 31st August but – the application was not registered (no objections can be made until an application has been registered) until 12th September – leaving the residents just 21 days to inform other affected residents and register their objections.
The Local Government Association guidelines state that ‘as with other public bodies, councils have statutory duties to consult with local people about changes to their area, for example over school closures, planning applications, plans for redevelopment and regeneration. Official consultations are bound by legal requirements.’
In this instance Camden has signally failed to ‘consult with local people’ – presumably in an attempt to ensure that a financially lucrative deal (on their reckoning the ‘rent’ paid by Waldon/02 would be around £10,000 pa) could be set up before local residents ‘noticed’.
Moreover they have equally signally failed to exercise a duty of care for the residents of their property and their borough. As long ago as 2000, the Stewart report stated that :
Meanwhile, neither Waldon Telecoms nor Camden Council have provided any more detailed information on the proposed installation that would have allowed the residents to make an informed choice as to whether or not they wished to consider the it - eg:
1) What is the maximum power output of the mobile phone mast that you plan to install on Troyes House?