ANGRY homeowners are petitioning against plans to build a 15m high phone mast in Swanley.

Around 50 people are campaigning against proposals to build a Vodafone and O2 mast with an equipment cabinet on a grass verge at the junction of Edgar Close and Swanley Lane.

Samantha Badman, who has lived in Swanley Lane for 12 years, said: "The things we are not allowed to comment on in the consultation are health issues and loss of value to property.

"It's scandalous. They are really important things."

The mother-of-two added: "We don't need another blight on the landscape. Why do they have to stick it on a pretty little green?"

Ron Perkins, of Edgar Close, is concerned about a cedar of lebanon tree being damaged by the mast.

He said: "It's a lovely bit of green. We have fought tooth and nail to get the tree planted on it.

"This mast is going to need substantial foundations which will effect the roots."

The 58-year-old added: "The visual impact will effect everyone. I can't for the life of me understand why there are no other sites.

"I'm an O2 customer and I have 3G on my mobile already with no problems at all."

On behalf of the company, a Cornerstone spokeswoman, said: "We have identified that we need to improve the 3G coverage to our customers in Swanley and have proposed a shared base station on the junction of Edgar Close and Swanley Lane.

"We are currently undertaking an investigation into the suitability of locating a base station close to the trees in this area."

Residents have until November 7 to put forward their concerns in writing.