FRESH plans have been submitted to install a 5G internet mast in Thornbury. 

Mobile network operator EE has submitted a planning application to erect a 18-metre pole on a grass verge in Morton Way.

According to EE's planning statement, if approved, the mast would provide customers with improved 2G, 3G, and 4G service in the area.

They described the town's current network capacity as "very poor" and stated that the new mast would fill a coverage gap. 

The proposed scheme, which was submitted to South Gloucestershire Council, also includes installing six antennas, two 0.3-metre dishes, one GPS mode, and four ground cabinets.

Gazette Series: A plan showing the proposed scheme from the applicationA plan showing the proposed scheme from the application (Image: Telent / EE)

Gazette Series: The proposed site in Morton Way where the 18-metre mast could be installed The proposed site in Morton Way where the 18-metre mast could be installed (Image: Google Maps)

It comes after a previous application was submitted and withdrawn by EE in July last year to erect a 15-metre mast in Gloucester Road. 

At the time, a group of 28 neighbours from nearby Swallow Park issued an open letter opposing the scheme, citing alleged 'health problems'.

Meanwhile, both Thornbury Town Council and SGC’s Highways objected to the application raising concerns over driver safety and visibility with the Butt Lane junction.

The application states multiple locations were considered before selecting the verge in Morton Way including Park Road, Alexandra Way, Warwick Place, Old Vicarage, Clare Walk, Manor Brook and Yew Tree Farm.

The proposed scheme is part of EE's contract with the government to improve communications among all blue-light services, eventually replacing the existing Airwave TETRA radio system.

EE were approached for comment. 

You can view the application here -