A similar mast built in South Queensferry was described by locals as a ‘giant toilet brush’

A mobile phone mast, designed to look like a tree, is currently awaiting the go-ahead from Barnsley Council.

The communications mast, which is 25 metres tall, would be built off of Wood Street in Wombwell if the plans are approved. Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL) are the applicants behind the plan and were also behind the construction in South Queensferry, Scotland.

They say the mast will be protected by a 2.4 metre high mesh fence with razor wire on top. MBNL, who are jointly owned by EE and Three, say they “take pride in helping to build the UK’s digital future by bringing better mobile connectivity to every part of the country, especially in eliminating the digital divide between urban and rural areas”.

According to the planning application, the mast will be set on a 6.5 x 6.5 x 1.2m deep concrete base. Access to the site will be taken from Beech House Road, passing under the Dearne Valley Parkway underpass to allow for cranes to install the mast.

The site in South Queensferry, however, proved controversial. Locals likened it to a “toilet brush”, but the authorities accepted the applicant’s’ proposal for a “tree-styled mast to reduce the visual impact.”