CONDITIONS set by Telstra on a contentious phone tower set to be built at Longford have been rejected by the Northern Midlands Council.
The council was advised earlier this year to permit Telstra to build the 26-metre tower in Lyttleton Street subject to mutually agreed conditions.
Two of the council's three conditions were rejected, leading it to refuse to agree on Telstra's proposed amendments last night and to have the conditions decided at a reconvened hearing by the tribunal.
The motion to refuse Telstra's conditions came from Cr Jeff Carins, who said: ``From where I sit, we have no choice in this matter.''
Only Cr Matthew Brooks voted against the council's decision.
Tasmanian Gourmet Kitchen and Home of the Artisan Cafe owners Caroline and Bill Dowling, who moved from Sydney to enjoy the town's heritage, expressed their disgust with Telstra at the council meeting and called for a public meeting to be held.
The pair have threatened to sell their home and businesses if the tower is built, jeopardising almost 50 casual and full-time jobs.
Mr Dowling said he was pleased with the council's response.
Mayor Kim Polley labelled it ``poor'' that Telstra had ignored the heritage of the area.
``I know that these towers, once they're up, tend to grow add-ons - that doesn't come through council and that concerns me,'' she said.
A Telstra spokesman said the company had received about 150 complaints about the mobile network from the area in the past six months.
``In total Telstra investigated nine sites before deciding the water treatment plant, located within the Utility Services Zone, adjacent to a Historic Protection Special Area, provided the best solution to provide the required network capacity,'' he said.
``We need to balance the need to provide a service the community expect along with the views of the community about infrastructure.''
Cr Polley said legal advice that the council had received and the possibility of holding a public meeting were to be discussed in closed council last night.