CREWE and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson has pledged his support to campaigners against a proposed mobile phone mast on Valley Road in Wistaston by tabling an Early Day Motion in Parliament.

Mr Timpson’s motion calls for the Government to bring mobile phone masts under stricter planning controls.

It further call for extensive consultation with local residents ‘to give extra safeguards to schools, homes and medical facilities’.

The proposed mast on Valley Road has caused outcry amongst residents because it is within hundreds of metres of six local schools and nurseries.

Mr Timpson has been working closely with the local no2O2 campaign group, in an attempt to give voice to residents and encourage the company O2 to consult with them.

And his Early Day Motion sets its sights on making it a legal requirement for them to do so.

The campaign to stop the mast continues as a small group of local people keep watch at the site for the building contractors, and protestors can be swiftly mobilised when they arrive.

The tactic has been successful so far and no work has yet taken place.

The MP, who paid the protestors a visit before Christmas, said: “Mobile phone companies have been getting away with this for too long.

“We need a law to stop them.

“My motion calls for phone mast proposals to come under stricter planning regulations, so that local communities are consulted fully, and we can protect our children and young people.”