Residents will recall enquiries since 2012 Annual General Meeting on the poor, if any cell phone communication signals in Featherbrooke Estate especially around the lower river area affecting most cell phone service providers.
After a lengthy debate at a Special General Meeting held in April 2013 residents voted and requested FHA to further investigate and seek a solution to the signal problems. FHA undertook to investigate and present a proposal to the residents. (Special Meeting feedback e-mail newsletter 2/5/2013)
At the 2013 AGM various options were presented to the residents where after MTN had to finalize their proposals to FHA Board and residents. If approved MTN will install the mobile infrastructure and other cell phone service providers will be able to use the infrastructure. The FHA Board will dictate aesthetics, locations within the Estate and guidelines on emissions. (AGM feedback e-mail newsletter 14/11/2013 and feedback was published in the Featherbrooke News 1/2014)
Since the 2013 AGM lengthy investigations and several meetings took place with the subcommittee appointed. Several knowledgeable residents in the cell phone related industry were co-opted in the process.
Matters considered were:
- Optic fibre networking entire Estate to each residence.
- Defining the deliverables – home automation, technical trends, FTTH, CCTV, etc.
- Scope of works.
- Placing of street lamp posts – no tower structures and no plastic trees and unsightly structures.
- These nine lamp posts will be scattered throughout the Estate.
- As agreed at the AGM the Board is at a point where a comprehensive report and further public participation will take place as follows:
- MTN has arranged three specific meetings with residents with houses directly adjoining and in the direct vicinity of these nine poles and thereafter;
- A public meeting will be called in the next month (notice will follow) with all residents to discuss and consider acceptance (or not) and vote on the proposals made by MTN.
- Further communication will take place with more detail leading up to the Special Meeting.
The Board values the input and democratic participation of its residents as agreed at the 2013 AGM where the matter had been considered and discussed in depth.