Westmount residents believe they can stop a Rogers cellphone tower from being built after a strong turnout at a public meeting Thursday night.
"With the numbers we had here tonight and the councillors and everybody starting to get informed, and as word gets out there, I know that we as a community definitely can, yup, we can stop this," said Layton Sikstrom, who lives in the area.
Rogers Communications plans to build a 30-metre tower in Groat Plaza, on Groat Road south of 111th Avenue. It organized the meeting to explain the project to area residents.
Many people at the meeting raised fears about how the tower might affect their health or property values.
'Concerns about electromagnetic radiation'
"People have children and there are concerns about electromagnetic radiation," said Allison Kulack. "The research isn't clear, and I'd much prefer that a cautious approach was taken."
The meeting started as an open house, but turned into a question and answer session. Some suggested the tower would violate city policies.
"Some of that I would say is absolutely true and I think the city would be, will be revisiting it," said Jack Keaschuk, a senior development officer with the city.
"The reason for that is that at the time the policy was in place, there wasn't a lot of pressure on residential areas for cell towers."
A spokesperson for Rogers told CBC News the company will consider the concerns of residents and report back.