West Van trades cellphone signal for sightlines 0
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The rejection of three proposed cellphone towers in West Vancouver this week may mean weaker reception for the North Shore municipality, but the decision sends a strong signal the imposing structures were not wanted by the community, a city councillor said Thursday
In a unanimous 7-0 decision Monday, West Van council voted to reject the 36-metre towers proposed by Rogers along the Upper Levels Highway after residents had complained of their alleged health effects and unsightliness.
Coun. Craig Cameron said the “emotional” issue was something residents were firmly against.
While the council has no authority over the decision because the towers are overseen federally by Industry Canada and were pitched to sit on provincial land, it still wants the safety regulations and concerns around them examined further.
Cameron couldn’t comment on any of the health concerns raised by residents, but added he voted against the towers because clearly the community was against them.
“I don’t have any interest in shoving cellphone infrastructure down people’s faces if they don’t want it.”
Cameron said he was hopeful Ottawa and Victoria won’t go ahead with the towers in future without consent of the council.