AN ILLEGAL phone mast in Benajarafe remains standing five months after it was ordered to be removed.
Residents claim the Vodafone mast has caused a shocking 50 cases of cancer – many leading to death – since it was built 17 years ago.
“We are desperate,” said neighbourhood spokeswoman Antonia Delgado. “We don’t want to continue living in worry knowing that since this mast has been there, 50 cases of cancer have been registered.”
The Vodafone mast was constructed with no licence next to the Torre Moya watchtower.
After numerous protests, in 2009 Velez Town Hall ordered the phone giant to remove its transmitter.
Then, after the company lost an appeal, in December it was ordered once again.
That month Councillor Concha Labao said: “Work is beginning on removing this mast, which has a great visual impact and is not legal.”
Yet it still remains standing.
Although its emission levels are lawful, many residents have reported suffering from insomnia and headaches since it was installed.