New Cell Phone Tower Slated For Hazeldean, Against Resident Wishes

Residents in the Hazeldean area are not pleased that Rogers Communications is being allowed to erect a new cell tower literally in their back-yard. The 20-metre structure is going on property belonging to the Edmonton Good Samaritan Society, despite the lack of community support.

The society previously had promised that it would not go ahead with the installation if the community was against the plan. The property houses the Dr. Gerald Zetter Care Centre and is at 71st Ave and 96th St.

Local residents signed petitions and procured letters from local representatives, but despite the efforts the fight was lost. Even support from Coun. Kerry Diotte was ineffective. Rogers countered with a statement noting that because of an ever increasing use of cell phones the extra tower was needed.

Rogers did redesign the tower before the Good Samaritan Society agreed to the placement, an attempt to make it more esthetically pleasing. But most neighbours are disappointed that the society went back on its word.

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