Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb had raised the much-delayed Brick Kiln phone mast in Parliament.
A North Walsham phone mast, which will serve the Marshgate, Brick Kiln Road and Spa Common areas of the town, has now gone ‘live’.
For many years, local residents have received virtually no mobile phone signal. Now, with the new mast due to host Vodafone and O2 signals, people in North Walsham will find their phone signal much improved.
The case for improved mobile phone signal was accepted some time ago, and in June 2017 a planning application was approved for a mast on an Anglian Water site at Marshgate. However, despite the mast being erected by December 2017, significant delays ensued in getting the mast connected and operational.
Norman Lamb MP and North Walsham Councillor Eric Seward met with BT Openreach, who were responsible for the mast’s connectivity, in November 2018. In this meeting Openreach accepted that the delay had gone on for too long.
Then in March 2019, Norman Lamb, raised the issue of the delay in the House of Commons to Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
The mast is now connected, and went live on May 30.
Norman Lamb, MP for North Norfolk, said:
“I’m very glad that the new phone mast has gone live. For many local residents, being able to use your mobile phone is an essential part of life. Now – finally – people who live near the Brick Kiln Estate and Spa Common will be able to receive phone signal. Obviously, this has taken far too long. It is wholly inadequate that the mast has been standing but not in operation for nearly 18 months. But I’m happy that we’ve finally arrived at the destination, and the mast is up and running.”
Eric Seward, Norfolk County and North Norfolk District Councillor for the area, said:
“After a long battle, improved mobile phone coverage has arrived. I am very pleased for local residents who have had to put up with poor mobile phone reception for far too long. This is a very significant improvement to amenities in North Walsham.”