SIR PAUL McCARTNEY’S fame academy is on a collision course with residents over plans to put six phone masts on one of its buildings in Hope Street. Mobile phone operator Vodafone and O2 want planning permission to put the antennas on top of the chimney of a 1960s building which is part of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA).

Residents fear the masts will spoil historic views in the street famous for its two Cathedrals, restaurants, and the Philharmonic Hall. They have also raised concerns about the health impacts, given its close proximity to the nursery at Blackburne House. Formby resident Eileen O’Connor, who is a national leading campaigner against mobile phone masts, has also lodged objections to the scheme.

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