Following extensive consultation with residents concerned about more mobile phone equipment on the roofs of buildings in South Tyneside, the Council has decided that where it is legally able it will offer the companies much shorter leases than in the past.
At the Cabinet meeting this week (13th August), Councillors agreed to permit some existing leases to be extended by only five years to allow it to monitor the situation while investigations continue into mobile phone technology.
Councillor Steve Forster, Lead Member Resources says: "We have consulted widely on this mater and we know that local people are concerned, that is why we are not granting requests for lengthy lease extensions. The shorter five year terms will permit us to constantly check the equipment and keep an eye on any new developments."
Orange have occupied space on the roof of Durham Court, Hebburn since 1993 and have recently requested a new lease and an upgrade of the equipment. The company has also applied for a sub-lease to roof space on the South Shields Housing Office in Charlotte Terrace.
Vodafone has applied to renew its lease on roof space at Wilkinson Court, Jarrow. The company has had equipment on the roof since 1998 and wants to renew and upgrade it.