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Town hall meeting called to discuss 36-metre cellphone towers
West Vancouver council has called a town hall meeting in October to discuss three 36-metre high cellphone towers planned along the Upper Levels Highway.
While members of the public will have a chance to voice their opinion, the final decision to allow or reject the towers isn’t up to council.
Applicants proposing new cell towers must follow the consultation process established by the District of West Vancouver but Industry Canada has the final say, even if council disagrees.
The meeting is scheduled for Oct. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Seniors Activity Centre, 695 21st St.
“Even if council does not have the final say in whether these applications are approved or not, we are holding a town hall meeting to maximize the public consultation process,” said Mayor Michael Smith in a news release.
“Council wants to provide a venue for residents, other elected officials, health care professionals and industry proponents to have an open dialogue about these applications.”
Rogers Communications released details of three proposed cell towers earlier this year within the Upper Levels corridor: Taylor Way, 15th Street and Cross Creek Road and 26th Street.
Citing unreliable service and slower download speeds, Rogers says the new towers would provide better service to West Van residents who are increasingly consuming more data. The company says towers must be 36 metres high to reach above trees and hills.
But a group of local residents who call themselves the West Van Cell Towers Action Group say the “massive” towers don’t belong in their neighbourhoods, particularly close to schools because of suspected health risks. In July, they handed out pamphlets opposing the towers to houses near the proposed sites.