Plans have been submitted to bring more 5G technology to Derby with the possibility of a mast being installed on a busy city centre road.
Phone giant Vodafone has submitted documents to Derby City Council saying it wants to build a 20-metre high mast on the junction of Exeter Street and Derwent Street.
If approved, the new mast, which will allow phones to receive 5G coverage in the area, will be located just yards away from the Exeter Arms pub and opposite the Machine Mart tool shop.
5G is said to be the latest "transformational technology" in regards to mobile communication and is designed to cope with increased mobile internet demand.
This application comes with plans afoot from other mobile phone firms to bring several new 5G masts into different parts of the city including Chaddesden and Mackworth.
A letter from WHP Telecoms on behalf of Conerstone and Vodafone Ltd said: "The enclosed application is identified as the most suitable option that balances operational need with local planning policies and national planning policy guidance.
"It will deliver public benefit in terms of the mobile services it will provide.
"Furthermore, we would like to assist the Local Planning Authority and would like to offer to arrange a presentation or meeting with your officers and members to discuss the issues if appropriate."
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The submitted plans come just months after a new 5G mast in Breadsall Hill Top was damaged due to a suspected arson attack.
It followed other similar incidents on 5G masts across the country as some people claimed that 5G technology is dangerous for public health and conspiracy theorists have wrongly claimed it is the cause of the coronavirus pandemic.
But despite this, Derby councillor Gulfraz Nawz said he was not concerned by this latest application which is planned within his ward.
The Arboretum councillor said: "Personally I'm not concerned - I think 5G is a good thing and will be good for people living in Derby.
"I am aware of the incident in Breadsall Hill Top, but if there was real concern about this then the Government would not allow the plans to go through."
The owner of the Exeter Arms pub did not wish to make a comment on the application at this stage.
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