The controversial 4G tower in Hewlett-Packard North is moving forward after two years of difficulty.

Proposed site for Spark Cell Tower in Hewlett North on the corner of T. Mata RD and Durham Drive.

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Proposed site for Spark Cell Tower in Hewlett North on the corner of T. Mata RD and Durham Drive.

A. Cell Phone Tower Stochastic Which has been dragging on for almost two years is coming to an end.

When the residents of Hewlett North found out about the construction of the tower in late 2019, there were punches, protests and support for every alternative.

There was a stalemate, one that lasted for almost two years, but on Monday, SPARC announced that the 4G tower would be built on the corner of Durham Drive in Hewlett North and T Mata RD.

Spark began work on the 13.5-meter-long antenna in 2019, a few meters from the corner house. Residents say they have not had a chance to oppose it.

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The planned tower was part of Spark’s announcement of a “significant investment in mobile connectivity in the Hastings region”.

It will expand the capacity of existing 4G networks and introduce 5G in Central Hastings, Mayfair, Park Valley, Mahura West, Flex Meyer, Rorica, Akina and Kimberley.

Lisa Applet said the other site serving Hewlett North was now crowded because it took on an extra burden.

Spark pointed out that the existing site serving the T Mata area in Hellok North is reaching its maximum capacity in 2018.

Residents living near the new tower site asked Spark to find an alternative. But Applet said there is no one who can “provide the coverage footprint that is needed.”.

New 'smart' design for 4G Spark Tower in Hello North.

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New ‘smart’ design for 4G Spark Tower in Hello North.

The tower will be built on the property of Stephen and Gillian Fox in Hewlett North. Fox Tower has been a spokesman for the resident group since the construction began.

Last week, Fox said SPARC planned to meet with residents and Hastings District Council on October 22.

The tower will be built just outside Stephen and Gillian Fox's property in Hewlett North.  (File photo)

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The tower will be built just outside Stephen and Gillian Fox’s property in Hewlett North. (File photo)

Then, on Sunday night, a three-page letter from Spark reached his mailbox informing the affected landlords of their decision to move forward with the construction.

“It simply explains the strategy of corporate bullying and the frustrations that everyone has to deal with,” Fox said.

Residents intended to meet to discuss the decision, but some of the people Fox had already spoken to were “disappointed” by Spark’s communication process.

Applet said Spark sought to address other concerns, including investing in a “very careful design for a cell tower” that would be a thin cylinder mounted on a streetlight.

“After months of extensive consultation with a small group of residents who oppose the construction, and the failure of Halloween North for an alternative site, we have moved forward with the construction and the wider community outreach needs. Decided to give priority, “Applet said Monday.

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If Spark does not move forward, the connectivity of Hewlett North will deteriorate over time as existing sites in the area are overloaded.

Connectivity issues may mean that users will not be able to receive calls during busy periods, work from home efficiently, and increase buffering during streaming.

“While we are frustrated that not all residents’ concerns have been addressed, we are confident that we have made every effort to do so, and now we must do the right thing for the wider community outreach needs.”

“We know a lot of locals and business owners are looking forward to seeing a resolution, and we appreciate their patience as we work to get to that point.”

Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazel Horst said she had worked extensively with Spark and residents over the past two years regarding the seating of the cell phone tower, but the talks “did not succeed”.

Hazel Horst said cell phone towers do not require resource approval from the council, which is regulated under the National Environmental Standard for Telecommunications Facilities Regulations 2016 and is “out of council control”.

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