HC Deb 09 July 1997 vol 297 c1043 10.18 pm
Mr. Bernard Jenkin (North Essex)

This petition is presented—[Interruption.]

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Mr. Michael J. Martin)

Order. There must be no conversations in the Chamber while an hon. Member is presenting a petition.

Mr. Jenkin

The petition represents the views of the ordinary voters of Dedham Vale, who are threatened by the erection of telecommunications masts in their historic landscape—a landscape immortalised in the paintings of John Constable and deserving protection. Several hundred signatures are hereto attached: Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House should urge the Secretary of State to ensure that DOE planning guidance for the protection of the natural heritage should take precedence over mobile telecommunications development; and further urges the Secretary of State for the Environment to be prepared to overturn the Inquiry Inspector's decision in respect of the above application, to ensure the protection of the historic landscape of Dedham Vale.

To lie upon the Table.