Edmonton

Hazeldean cellphone tower proceeds despite protests

Hazeldean residents are accusing Edmonton's Good Samaritan Society of breaking a promise over a cellphone tower.

Residents unhappy with Good Samaritan Society

Some Hazeldean residents are upset a cellphone tower is to be built on the Dr. Gerald Zetter Care Centre property. (CBC)

Some Hazeldean residents are accusing Edmonton's Good Samaritan Society of breaking a promise over a cellphone tower.

"They're not neccessarily living up to their committments as a pillar in the community or the values they profess to be guided by," says Jeff Stuart.

Stuart lives across the street from Good Samaritan's Dr. Gerald Zetter Care Centre at 96th Street and 71st Avenue.

The centre is allowing Rogers Communications to erect a 20-metre cell tower despite promising it would not if community support was not there.

The Good Samaritan Society has signed a contract with Rogers after it redesigned the tower to improve its appearance.

Residents like Stuart said they've signed petitions and obtained letters from local politicians such as Coun. Kerry Diotte to no avail.

Diotte said communities need to be given more say into where the towers go.

Rogers said a growing demand for cell service means they need to improve coverage.

With files from CBC's Gareth Hampshire

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