No Rogers Tower on Felton Street
Rogers is giving up installing a 48-meter radio tower in the Felton Street area. Faced with citizen opposition, the company chose to seek a new location for the infrastructure.
“We are exploring the possibilities of improving our wireless network for residents of Sherbrooke. Based on feedback from the community, we continue to search for a new site that meets local needs and will begin another public consultation process in the coming months, “said Caroline Phémius, chief of public affairs for Quebec, in writing. for Rogers Communication.
Recall that citizens had mobilized, launching in particular a petition against the establishment of the radio tower. They feared in particular visual impacts and effects on their health.
Daniel Gingras was from the group. “We are happy to see that we have managed to have a certain impact with our protest movement. That does not mean that there will be no tower, but that there will be a reassessment of the place to build it. We have claimed that it should be further away from residential areas. We wanted to protect the beauty of the landscape and the residents. We will be vigilant about the approach taken by Rogers for the future, ”said the citizen.
University district councilor Paul Gingues said he was informed of Rogers’ decision last Thursday.
“I am pleased to see that the mobilization of citizens in the sector has borne fruit. Representatives of Rogers have taken into consideration all of the concerns raised during the consultation and made the decision not to retain this site for the installation of a new radiocommunication tower, “he said.
By November 12, around 30 citizens had gathered and launched a petition. A smaller committee, on which councilors Paul Gingues and Marc Denault sat, as well as a Rogers representative, met on November 28.
“The citizens had argued that Felton Street is at the limits of the urban perimeter, which means that there will be no other development planned in the area in the short term. They also mentioned that they had no problems with cell waves at the moment. They even proposed two alternative sites. If the citizens had not mobilized, it would never have worked, ”comments Mr. Gingues.
The city councilor adds that Rogers has shown openness and that citizens have gone for suggestions rather than being content with reprimands.
“However, I would not want this victory to make the problem transfer elsewhere. ”
Paul Gingues offers other solutions, such as using electric poles or church steeples to make the waves travel. However, he does not wish to taint the Sherbrooke heritage. Note that the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church and the Beauvoir sanctuary already have radio communication antennas.