Nova Scotia

West Brooklyn residents object to cellphone tower

A small community in the Annapolis Valley is promising to fight a proposed cellphone tower.
Stanley Moeller is against a proposed cellphone tower near his community. ((CBC))
A small community in the Annapolis Valley is promising to fight a proposed cellphone tower.

West Brooklyn residents who live near the area where EastLink has leased land and plans to erect a 70-metre cellphone tower are braced for a battle.  Many people from the area have signed a petition opposing the location.

"Why is EastLink proposing to site a telecommunications tower right in the middle of our community when we're surrounded by uninhabited woodlands that are in higher elevations than what they're looking for?" Stanley Moeller said.

EastLink would like to start work at the site as soon as possible. The company says it needs to build close to 100 cell towers around the province, as they get ready to roll out cellphone service next year.

But they've been running into opposition in several locations. 

While many people are in favor of competition that would likely bring cheaper phone rates, they don't want towers going up near their homes.

"None of us want this here. They say it's all about 'where we work, live and play,'" Ruth Legge said. "Well, this is where we work, live and play and we should have a say in what is in our surroundings."

Legge's daughter and granddaughter recently moved back home to the valley from Ontario, but they won't be staying in West Brooklyn if EastLink follows through with the construction of the tower.

"If we find out a few years down the road that there's conclusive evidence that this causes cancer or other health effects, people who own houses here can't just pick up and leave, they'll have to sell their property and who's going to buy it," Kate Legge said.

EastLink reached a land lease agreement with the property owner six months ago. He has moved to New Brunswick, and no longer has any connection to the area.