Angry mum blocks pavement with parked car to ‘stop 5G mast blocking pavement’

Anger at a new 5G mast spilled over into direct action this weekend in Southampton, as an 'angry' mum blocked construction workers by parking her car on the pavement.

Jodie Whitworth, 44, took part in a demonstration against a new 5G mast in Southampton on the grounds that it would block the pavement for pedestrians.

The mum, who is currently on maternity leave, parked her blue Citroen C1 in the spot that contractors were due to begin work despite the mast not yet receiving planning permission.

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Jodie said she handed herself into the police immediately after taking her action against the mast, which she says would block a 'very popular route' to Southampton Common.

Jodie told Solent News: "One of our neighbours knocked on our door on Wednesday and told us that they're putting up the mast. We spoke to the workers and they told us that they were going to start digging."

"My fiance told me to take our little car and put it where they were going to dig a hole. Although, I think he meant on the road, not on the pavement."

She added: "When a police car turned up I moved my car because I didn't want to cause them any trouble. It later transpired that the workers were digging a test hole, but why do they need to do that if the mast is not going ahead?"

"What we're really unhappy about is the sneakiness of it. We objected to the plans and they're still going ahead."

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Jodie's neighbour, Anne Wheeler, praised her action: "She did a great job. I think she's a hero. It's not the right place for a mast, there would be no room for pedestrians. We just want more information from the council."

In a statement, the local council said: "Southampton City Council has approved a permit request from T-Mobile to carry out trial holes for the feasibility of a potential new telecommunications mast.

"The installation of a telecommunications mast in this location has not been approved and requires an application for prior approval for its siting and appearance to be submitted to the local planning authority." The council added it has not received any more applications for approval since giving the OK to the test holes.

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