Idle and Thackley Councillor, Alun Griffiths, has called on Bradford Council to publish its policies about 5G infrastructure after receiving many enquiries about the masts which "seem to be springing up without any public consultation and no opportunity for residents to voice their concerns about their appearance and siting".
Cllr Griffiths said:
"Just because there is a national drive to roll out the system, and planning policies have been relaxed, I don’t see why the telecommunications companies should be allowed to ride roughshod over the wishes of the local people who at the very least want say in where they are sited and what they look like."
He wrote to Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, portfolio holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport Portfolio, to ask him to provide a statement of the Council's policy and procedures.
“I want residents to be able to access a clear description of what the rules are, what their rights are and how they can make their views known," said councillor Griffiths.
“Where the council has discretion in planning law, it is vital that they use that to give residents their say."