AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — Passionate residents of Dellwood Road have a clear message: they want to stop Verizon, and they don’t want cell towers in their backyards.
“It’s going to be unsightly and the asthetics of our community and our neighborhood will be affected,” said Jamie Smith of Amherst.
In September the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special permit for the construction of a 90 foot cell tower on a wooded lot behind Public Storage on Sheridan. Residents say that’s right behind their homes on Dellwood, which they say is in violation of town code.
“You can’t have a cell phone tower within 500 feet of any residences and there are 13 homes on Dellwood that are within that zone,” said Alissa Shields of Amherst.
Neighbors say they’re concerned about potential health effects, what it could mean for wildlife as well as wetlands and nearby Garnet park.
“This tower was going right next to our green space where our kids play, where all the wildlife is,” said Shields.
The town’s Code Enforcement Officer says Upstate Cellular and Verizon will be moving the cell tower further away from residents, but right now he’s not exactly sure how far as they wait for the companies to submit new plans.
“It doesn’t make any sense why they think they can walk right in and do whatever they want and take off and leave something permanent,” said Paul Sutton of Amherst.
The site plan still has to go before the Planning Department for review. It could take 3 months or more before that’s completed. After that the companies have to go through a permit process before the cell tower can move forward.\