Locals will ‘strongly oppose’ plans for mast

Call on landowner to withdraw consent

Plans to construct a 33-metre-high telecommunications mast on the outskirts of Roscommon town are set to be strongly opposed by local resident who say they are “shocked and dismayed” at news of the proposed project.

A company called Cignal Infrastructure Ltd recently applied for permission to construct a 33-metre-high multi-user lattice tower telecommunications structure “with headframe, carrying antenna and dishes”, at Ballindall, Roscommon.

The application was received by Roscommon County Council on the 28th of April 2022 and a decision is due by the 23rd of June next.

Residents in the area say they are “shocked and dismayed” at plans to construct such a structure in “a scenic location”. They are now calling on the landowner to withdraw their consent to the proposal remaining in place.

A statement issued to the Roscommon People declares that “residents of Ballindall, Cloverhill, Ballybride, Lisagallon, Carrownabrickna, Rathbrennan and surrounding areas will strongly oppose the plans.”

The residents say that a “108 ft. structure” would have a significant and negative visual impact, and claim that the proposed tower would represent a major distraction to road users – and thus pose a safety threat.

Paul Carthy, speaking on behalf of concerned local residents, said there is anger and dismay over plans.

“The mast is being proposed in an area that has fibre-optic broadband readily available… there is no need for it. In what is a completely clean landscape with no break in the skyline for miles around, a 108 ft. structure would have a significant negative impact visually.”

Stating that the proposed site is just past a bad bend in the vicinity of Roscommon Racecourse, Mr. Carthy added: “The proposed mast would cause a huge safety issue on this very busy but narrow section of the N60. Vehicles tend to pick up speed after the bad bend and such a structure would cause huge distraction on a road that is used daily by motorists and cyclists.”

Gary Stephens, an adjoining landowner, added that there is no need for any such development, given the service already available in the area. He said: “Other masts have been located in the area., in some cases many years ago, and without any dish or antenna being placed on them yet. It shows there is no current requirement for this.”

Stating that local people are “very upset” over this issue, Paul Carthy said that residents are now calling on the local landowner to withdraw their consent to any such application.

The statement issued to the Roscommon People called for locals to oppose the plan, and concluded: “Submissions from interested parties to Roscommon County Council in connection with the application are due before June 1st.”