Cellphone tower to go up by golf course

Dave Stewart
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Google map of 15 Walker Drive, Charlottetown, where Eastlink will be installing a cellphone tower.

EastLink is putting up a cellphone tower right next to the Belvedere Golf Course.

The tower will be almost 150 feet high (45.7 metres) and stationed at 15 Walker Drive.

Charlottetown city council recently approved the request by the narrowest of margins.

Council was split right down the middle, 5-5, before Mayor Clifford Lee broke the tie in favour of the request.

"I think this is a good location for a cell tower,'' Lee said in breaking the tie.

Councillors David MacDonald, Cecil Villard, Mitchell Tweel, Danny Redmond and Eddie Rice voted against the application for a tower at the location.

But Tweel raised an important point before the vote was held.

"Industry Canada could override our decision,'' Tweel said. "I've got to question whether city council's vote is irrelevant.''

Indeed, Industry Canada does not need municipal approval to go ahead with erecting cellphone towers. It applies to the city as a means of informing the municipality and residents of what it is doing.

That started a bit of a debate among councillors over groups like Industry Canada and the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission overruling council on various matters.

"I don't think IRAC should be involved in decisions made by council,'' MacDonald said.

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Organizations: Industry Canada, Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • yes sir
    December 01, 2011 - 11:50

    Hard to concentrate on golf when you have to avoid the deadly rays and beams coming off of it.

  • Guy Cousineau
    December 01, 2011 - 07:24

    Agree with "ME". Cell Service stinks. I live in Winsloe and have service next to only one window in my house. With every businessperson and half the tourists carrying a cell phone, we deserve to have service. We have no mountains or skyscrapers on which to park the towers so they have to go somewhere else. This complaining is like bus service - everyone wants to be close to the bus but nobody wants it going down their street for the noise the smell and the kids playing in the street.

  • al fredd
    December 01, 2011 - 05:36

    what is desturbing here is that Industry Canada can dictate what goes on anywhere, over the heads of local gpvernments. Where is our MP on this. LETS hear some proposals for changing this situation, and never mind all the LITTLE STUFF = get on to something that matters,this is an afront to democracy.

  • peter
    November 30, 2011 - 18:04

    If any of you lived in the area by the french school you would understand that the service is terrible. Understand the area and situation before you voice your opinion.

  • Garth Staples
    November 30, 2011 - 16:37

    How many club members have cell phones?LOL

  • Inside Info
    November 30, 2011 - 16:16

    Belvedere must have sold them the land to pay their bills. They are broke right ?

  • me
    November 30, 2011 - 16:15

    It is time PEI catches up with the times! I hear a lot of complaining about cell phone service but when a solution comes along everyone is against it. How do expect to get service without towers? They have to be in places where the signal will be the best. Stop complaining.

  • How it is...
    November 30, 2011 - 15:56

    Might as well throw up an unsightly tower there next to Belvy... It's already beside the hospital and bypass which cause means constant ambulance and traffic noise, and the sight lines are already beautiful... You're treated to a great view of the Charlottetown incinerator from the #6 green. I'll imagine the NIMBY, don't change anything ever, membership will have something to say about this decision. The sooner they pave over the course to make way for another set of strip malls the better... Worst bang for your golf buck on PEI.

  • intobed
    November 30, 2011 - 15:47

    There goes the neighbourhood.

  • Maleeha Ali
    November 30, 2011 - 14:59

    There shouldn't be a cell phone tower there near the Golf course. People live around the golf course and they will not want a cell phone tower there.