21m Telecoms Pole In East Clare Denied Permission By Council

A 21m high telecoms pole in East Clare has been denied planning permission by the local authority.

Eircom had sought to replace a 12m wooden pole in Scariff with a monopole almost double the height.

In an application lodged to Clare County Council in December, Eircom LTD, trading as Éir outlined severe coverage issues in East Clare.



The telecommunications company says an additional site is needed in Scariff as part of Éir’s continuing rollout of 3G and 4G services.

The company highlights how the current site its atenna are based at is clipped by neighbouring trees which are blocking the signal.

In order to overcome this, Éir wished to replace a 12m wooden pole with a 21m high monopole, with antennas, dishes and associated equipment, enclosed by security fencing at the exchange on the Connacht Road in Ballyminogue.

However, the proposed development was subject to 10 objections – including from East Clare Community Residents.

Some of the objections centred around the sites location and proximity to historical buildings, houses, businesses and Scariff National School, health and safety concerns and the visual disturbance it would cause.

Clare County Council rejected the mast on two grounds.