March 25th, 2021


Local traders and councillors have reacted with concern and anger at the proposals by Hutchinson UK Ltd to install a tall 5G telecommunications mast and cabinets on the grass area in front of Cricketers Parade in Broadwater. The mast would be 20 metres tall and would have four cabinets extending in length over 6 metres along the edge of the grassed area.

Local trader and landlord of the Cricketers Public House since 2004, Alan Walker said, " I believe that the mast will be an eyesore on our little bit of green and I for one wouldn't want to be sitting under it on the bench when waiting for a bus, "

The proposal has been submitted to Worthing Borough Council planning department for decision, despite early indications that it would be opposed.

Local Worthing councillor Val Turner said, " I am really furious that Hutchinson have put this application in, the impact of this mast and the four cabinets will have a terrible overpowering effect on the area. We have just begun an improvement project for the parade, enhancing the grass area and upgrading the street furniture, this is totally out of keeping and will completely undermine that work."  

The proposal, which has taken a number of the local traders by surprise, is proposing to use the public open green space that provides a much welcome oasis in the middle of Broadwater shopping area and is adjacent to the important Broadwater conservation area.

West Sussex County Councillor Bryan Turner said; " By putting in this application the company has shown total disregard for the area. This green space is well used by residents who shop here supporting local traders.  The proposal is too close to the Broadwater conservation area and shows a lack of understanding for the heritage of the area. "

The 20m mast, made of galvanised steel and the four steel equipment cabinets, one of which is about 2m long and 1.75m tall, will be painted grey and situated in the grass area adjacent to Broadwater Road West and will be highly prominent and visible to pedestrians and drivers moving through the area. 

Local Broadwater campaigner Paisley Thomson said, " I understand that these masts have to go somewhere, but this is just not the right place. It is a monstrosity that will have a terrible effect and must be resisted."

The application is available to view and comment on, using the council's planning portal. Search for reference number  AWDM/0379/21.

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Comments (11)

Stephen Brown - March 25th, 2021 11:23am
I must agree they must be resisted as they will become commonplace all over. And total disregard of the environment will become the norm.


Lorraine McNab - March 25th, 2021 12:56pm
If you are angry about this proposal, please take the time to register an objection on the council's planning portal. Search for planning reference number AWDM/0379/21.


Suzanne Dumbleton - March 25th, 2021 12:58pm
I agree this 5g mast and boxes should not be put on this small green area. Could it not have been put on a corner area of Broadwater Green?


Frances Smith - March 25th, 2021 1:47pm
Total eyesore and total disregard for the local community and area.


Diane Bewley - March 25th, 2021 9:30pm
Why was this not advertised in papers etc.How can people give their opinions of they are not told aboutthis?it should be mandatory to advertise about all big decisions.


Adam - March 26th, 2021 5:14am
I'm not familiar with how the tech works, but couldn't they use multiple very small masts over a large area, rather than one big, ugly mast?
Why not attach transmitters to lamp posts all across Worthing, in a sense, creating a mesh network.
Or add antenna to telegraph poles.


Pauline Cory - March 26th, 2021 8:03am
Totally inappropriate, I have written to object to these plans.


Leigh Lawson - March 26th, 2021 5:13pm
An ugly mast of that size will be very detrimental to the area. We will certainly object.


Glyn Powell - March 28th, 2021 11:04pm
A much better plan that a 5g mast would be a wind turbine. We all need them more than 5g. Or is Green electricity not a priority in Broadwater? They have to go somewhere. It's either that or solar power cells on a percentage of every borough in the country. It's something like that or Broadwater will be flooded by water from melting icecaps and the air will be unbreathable. Broadwater was once a marsh, was it not?


Pam Bennett - April 2nd, 2021 1:58pm
This is disgraceful. Broadwater Village is a bustling place even during the pandemic and a lot of work has been undertaken to make it as pleasing to the eye as possible. This pole and the boxes will ruin this spot of land. Surely a corner of Broadwater Green would be a better place.


Rose Wade - April 7th, 2021 11:16pm
This is a total disgrace !!!not only is this an eyesore , it is a health issue , research what impact 5g will have on peoples lives .. they are putting these masts everwhere and not given us enough information..I strongly oppose..


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