New mobile phone antennas for St Peter's Church tower are a step nearer

Written by Tony Millett.

Members of Marlborough Town Council's planning committee have again given their overwhelming agreement to the installation of six mobile phone antennas and equipment cabinets inside the bell tower of St Peter's Church at the west end of the High Street.

The installation is being led by Vodafone whose customers have long had problems with the signal in Marlborough, which is barely twenty miles from Vodafone's World HQ in Newbury.  Vodafone are being joined by Telefonica who own O2.

The installation will solve lots of long-standing problems and improve signal coverage in rural black spots beyond the town's boundary.

The consultation on the listed building planning application ends on March 9.  Many interested parties have been involved in giving the go ahead for this - including Historic England.

It has taken four years to get to this point - the process began with a campaign led by Councillor Justin Cook.