A PUSH to topple Longford's Lyttleton Street communications tower development could hamstring the town's hopes to attract future investors, a Northern Midlands councillor said yesterday.
Revised development conditions, returned to the Northern Midlands Council by Telstra, were refused at its council meeting on Monday.
Initial council-set conditions were sent to Telstra after a Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal ruling to allow the development - which was refused in January.
Cr Matthew Brooks this week voted against a council decision to reject the new conditions and said the tower would be an asset to the community.
"Everyone wants the tower, but they don't want it where they are," Cr Brooks said.
"The Brown's Store divided the town, but it's up and built and probably the best thing that ever happened to Longford."
He said he did not want to devalue the town's heritage values, but recognised the need for a tower.
"We want to attract people into the town, if they can't get data or phone reception, they're not going to build on a block of land," Cr Brooks said.
Telstra area general manager Michael Patterson said the company's decision to pursue a tower at Longford came as a result of user feedback.
"Fifteen per cent of customers who try to use mobile broadband fail to connect, that's a significant amount of users," Mr Patterson said.
"The feedback we received from the service is that they can use it outside their homes, but not inside their homes ... A mobile base station is required to improve the coverage and capacity of the network."
Cr Kim Polley said on Tuesday that the council would continue to seek legal advice regarding the RMPAT tower decision.