The News of the World has been asking how much rent council’s make from phone masts.
Lewisham haven’t provided the information but aren’t the only tardy authority in South East London – Southwark don’t tell either. Others of our neighbouring councils have been more forthcoming:
- Greenwich – £114,906
- Tower Hamlets – £69,500
- Lambeth – £137,016
- Bexley – £14,473
- Bromley – £14,063.46
You’ll notice that Bexley and Bromley are making a lot less than the others, which seems to be mirrored in a number of other outer London authorities. Can’t think of a reason for that unless they have less property to put the masts on of course.
But, this only tells you a bit of the story. What it can’t tell us is how that money is spent.
I know for example that in Lewisham the first year of the rent when it is on council housing is spent on the estate that is hosting the mast. I also know that (unless policy has changed) where residents of council owned housing object to masts being put on their roofs the council will not allow it to happen even if the company gets planning permission.
Further reading: Mobile Phones and Health 2004