RAWW have provided the Management Committee with information about a proposal to erect a 5G mast and associated cabinets neighbouring the Site. The information includes drawings of what is planned, a site detail sheet, and a covering letter from Dot Surveying Ltd to Merton Council dated 30 October 2020 (attached). The Committee does not comment on the merits or drawbacks of the proposal but considers the information may be of interest to plot holders. RAWW understands the proposal is now at the stage of a formal planning application.
The proposed location is on the footpath about 25 m to the right of the Cambridge Road entrance to the Site. The drawings show the location (pages 1 and 4) and how the installation would appear from the road (page 5).
The site detail sheet includes the objective, the preferred location from a coverage perspective, and information why other sites within a 100 m radius of the preferred location (D2 to D8), and two other sites (D1 and D9), have been discounted.
Dot Surveying act on behalf of their client GBC who, in turn, have been selected by Hutchison 3G UK Limited (the telecommunications company that trades as 'Three UK').
The Centre and Shop are still closed until further notice, but, subject to the availability of suitable volunteers, the Garage may be open from time to time for sales of compost etc during Shop hours. If this is possible, it may be arranged at short notice.
The Committee takes note of the Government's changing advice and developments in the law in England. That is not the only consideration. The law requires that things can be done safely, the Committee is concerned for the safety of all plotholders, and CPAGA's activities depend on the availability of volunteers who are willing and able to take the risks that any social contact at this time involves.
Minimising social contact is still necessary to slow the spread of the virus and protect all of us, but particularly those who are most vulnerable to serious illness, if infected.
The Centre and Shop will be closed until further notice. The Committee has taken this decision in the light of the Government's strong advice that all unnecessary social contact should be avoided.
This is necessary to slow the spread of the virus and protect all of us, but particularly those who are most vulnerable to serious illness, if infected.