Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Phone Mast Is Nominated for Eviction from Davina's House

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Phone Mast Is Nominated for Eviction from Davina's House

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WHEN Davina McCall moved from Notting Hill to the Surrey countryside, she hoped to swap London life for a low-key alternative with sweeping views, fresh air and a healthy environment in which to raise her baby daughter.

The television presenter was outraged to learn only eight months after moving in to her

new [pound]700,000 home that a mobile phone company wanted to erect a 75ft radio mast yards from the property.

Dreading possible side-effects to the health of her baby, and incensed at the blemish on her chosen landscape, McCall joined protesters and fired off a series of letters to planners.

She said she was "worried sick" about the possible effects on her 10-month-old daughter, Holly. She was unable to sleep or concentrate at work and thought that moving on again was the only answer.

Now McCall and her husband, Pet Rescue presenter Matthew Robertson, can sleep easy.

After a high-profile planning battle, O2 - sponsor of Big Brother, which McCall presents - has dropped plans for the development.

"We would be horrified to live next to such a monstrosity," McCall, 34, said in a first letter to planners.

"The potential health risks are not yet known and we have a 10-month-old baby.

Please, please find somewhere else to put this mast. It should NOT be in such a beautiful residential area. This antenna would be a horrendous eyesore for both us and the general public who enjoy the area. A bridleway runs right next to it, which is often used by walkers, riders and pedestrians. It would ruin a beautiful scenic walk. Instead of looking at the amazing countryside walkers would be faced with a 25m aerial."

After inspecting detailed plans for the proposed development in Woldingham, Surrey, McCall wrote a second letter to planners at Tandridge Borough Council.

"The mast is enormous, as is its compound and fence. …

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