Improving connectivity in Zennor

On a horrible evening, Zennor Village Hall was packed for a meeting West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas co-hosted with Jon Brookes, chairman of Zennor Parish Council, to discuss the siting of new mobile phone masts.

The masts would provide coverage for the Emergency Services, replacing the outdated Airwave mast, and also improve the existing coverage for mobile phone users.

The hall welcomed four people from EE, the company which has won the Government contract to provide the network, including director Duncan Warne.

Mr Thomas said: “Mr Warne apologised for the company not engaging sufficiently with the Zennor community when they made their first application last year for a 15-metre mast near the Gurnard’s Head pub and admitted mistakes had been made with that initial application.

“He said that EE was now considering a two-mast solution with both masts being  around eight metres in height and partially screened by farm buildings and he assured villagers that EE would consult fully before submitting their next application.

“The people of Zennor are very proud and protective of the village’s AONB status and are naturally concerned about any development which might have a negative impact on their beautiful environment.

“I hope this meeting made a start toward restoring trust between EE and the Zennor community and that a solution can be found which preserves the area’s unique environment and also enables residents, as well as the emergency services, to benefit from improved mobile phone and broadband coverage.”