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69-year-old Michael Garman prevented a 5g mast from being installed outside his home (Image: Michael Garman/Harrison Moore)
A defiant OAP has prevented an ugly 50-foot 5G mast from being built outside his home after he put up a staunch protest – with supportive neighbours supplying him with cups of tea during the ordeal.
Michael Garman, 69, was furious when he spotted workmen with a digger about to make a large hole for the 5G mast on a small grass verge just outside his home.
The workers were forced to stop when the retired plumber swiftly moved his car and campervan onto the grassy area in Lowestoft, Suffolk.
He also erected a deckchair to sit on, with his neighbours bringing cups of tea to energise him.
In March, East Suffolk Council handed permission to Cignal Infrastructure Limited to put up the 15m mast to improve the area’s 3G, 4G and 5G connection.
Police were called as Michael Garman protested the installation of a 5G mast (Image: Michael Garman/Harrison Moore)
But Mr Garman is less keen.
He said: “The mast is really ugly and will sit right by my bedroom window. I’ve already been told it will considerably devalue my home.”
Mr Garman was adamant he owns the 130ft by 30ft spot, although Suffolk County Council will clarify this next week
He added: “It states on my deeds it’s my land. The council only adopted it in 1966 because it was an accident blackspot and they took over maintenance.”
Explaining the drama, he said he moved the vehicles onto the grass at 7.30am Tuesday morning, before standing in front of the digger, including “with my daughter for a while”.
He said: “Neighbours were even bringing me cups of tea throughout the day.”
Michael Garman said the 5G mast would “considerably devalue” his home (Image: Michael Garman/Harrison Moore)
Experience the Express like never before Advert-free experience without interruptions. Rocket-fast speedy loading pages. Exclusive & Unlimited access to all our content. Mr Garman described how the contractors rang the police, but those who arrived deemed it a “civil matter” and “refused to get involved”.
While the mystery as to who owns the land will be solved next week by Suffolk County Council, the dad-of-two added that when he bought the house in 2021, it never came up in searches that the land wasn’t his.
A spokesperson for East Suffolk Council said: “During the consultation stage of the planning application for the mast, a number of local residents were consulted and a notice detailing the planning application was displayed at the site.
“We did not receive any formal comments regarding the application.”
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