THERE are plans for a 15-metres high 5G mobile phone mast outside a shop on Rosyth's Queensferry Road. 

Cignal Infrastructure UK Limited, based in Reading and better known as Three, want to put the radio base station on the pavement next to the Nisa store. 

The plans include a 15m tall monopole with six antennas, four equipment cabinets, a GPS module and ancillary development and it's all designed to improve 3G, 4G and 5G coverage in the area. 

Dunfermline Press: Three say the radio base station in Rosyth will improve 3G, 4G and 5G coverage in the area.Three say the radio base station in Rosyth will improve 3G, 4G and 5G coverage in the area. (Image: Newsquest)

Last week a family said they were concerned about the "health risks" of a similar plan in Garvock in Dunfermline but Three said the base station in Rosyth would "fill holes in service provision".

They added: "This will enable the operator’s customers to be able to use their handheld devices without calls being dropped or buffering occurring where there is a gap in the operator’s network coverage and capacity ability.

"A site in this location will fill the gap in service provision and provide high quality, reliable, advanced 3G, 4G and 5G to this urban area of Rosyth.

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"The site is situated on a wide stretch of pavement at Queensferry Road.

"The surrounding area is mixed use with a number of commercial buildings being found in the immediate area, alongside a small number of residential properties." 

The application to Fife Council is to determine whether prior approval of the local authority is needed as to the siting and appearance of the development.

In a supporting statement Three said: "Queensferry Road contains a number of street furniture features such as streetlights, traffic lights and road signage all contributing to the creation of a strong street scene.

"The street scene is beneficial towards a telecommunications site as it encourages the proposed equipment to assimilate into the surrounding area and allows it to not appear out of place in this location.

"This allows the equipment to fulfil its operational requirements by providing the required amount of coverage to its users whilst also limiting the visual impact of the proposed mast."