THERE are plans for a new 15-metre high mobile phone mast on a pavement on Woodmill Road in Dunfermline.

CK Hutchinson Networks Ltd, more commonly known as Three, want to build a radio base station on the south side of the street.

The telecommunications equipment, which would include a 15m high monopole with six antennas, two equipment cabinets, an electric meter cabinet and GPS module, would be installed next to the semi-circular area of grass between the car wash and Dunfermline's mosque.

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The application explained: "As part of CK Hutchinson Networks' continued network improvement program, there is a specific requirement for an installation on the footway of Woodmill Road to ensure that the latest high quality 3G and 4G service provision is provided in this area of Fife.

Dunfermline Press: There are plans for a 15 metres high phone mast on Woodmill Road in Dunfermline.There are plans for a 15 metres high phone mast on Woodmill Road in Dunfermline. (Image: Google Maps)

"The proposed column will also ensure that new 5G coverage can be provided at this location."

As well as improving mobile signals in the area, the firm said it would also "fill holes" in service provision.

Planning permission is not required, it's already considered to have 'prior approval', and an application has gone to Fife Council for confirmation.

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The firm added: "The application site is positioned within the pavement on the south side of Woodmill Road.

"The nearest residential developments are set back from Woodmill Road, often behind mature trees some 13m in height."

Three said that 5G will bring "faster, more responsive and reliable connections" and added: "More than any previous generation of mobile networks, it has the potential to improve the way people live, work and travel, and to deliver significant benefits to the economy and industry through the ability to connect more devices to the internet at the same time."