Belmont to be cut down to size

Plans have been submitted to ELDC, by the operator of Belmont transmitter, which would result in 120 feet being chopped off the top of the mast.

Removing the distinctive white shrouding and underlying aerial structure, as part of the move to digital, would see the 43 year old landmark shrink to be smaller than a dozen other European towers and masts.

It would not even retain the dignity of being highest in the UK.

The Torreta de Guardamar (Alicante, Spain) and Skelton (Penrith, Cumberland) would take the respective honours for the EU & UK.

This Lincolnshire icon has held the record as the tallest structure within the bounds of the current EU for 26 years of its life, only being surpassed between 1974 & 1991 by the World's tallest mast which stood for 17 years near Warsaw before collapsing.

Within the EEC, EC & EU boundaries as they progressively expanded, it has NEVER been surpassed since we joined the (then) Common Market.

According to the website "Worlds Tallest Structures" it would also appear to be the tallest TUBULAR structure in the WORLD.

In a letter to the Mail, Pat Clapham, ( said, please bring the existence of this planning application, seeking to degrade this noteworthy structure, to your colleagues and readers spread across the county. Hopefully, as with the historic Chain Home radar station at Stenigot, we can preserve this piece of Lincolnshire history.

As the last date for objections appears to be 18th OCTOBER there is no time to waste.

* What are your views? would you welcomea reduction in scale at Belmont?

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