Opposition is growing against plans for a 15metre high phone mast on open space in the borough.

The mast would improve internet coverage for mobile phone users across Merton but many residents oppose the application based on its size and location on the edge of Mitcham Common.

The plan would see the erection of a 15metre high telecommunications monopole with six antennas in Commonside East, Mitcham, and would provide better 3G service and new 4G coverage for people on the O2 and Vodafone networks.

There would be three low equipment cabinets next to the mast.

Neighbours of the proposed mast have expressed concerns about the size and location of it and have written to Merton Council to make their views known.

Among the objectors are the Friends of Mitcham Common group.

Darren Stillwell, stand-in chairman of the Friends said: "While the Friends understand the need for mobile phone masts and the benefits of them for local residents, we believe that the proposed location of the mast would negatively impact on the local area.

"In particular on the largely unspoilt and uninterrupted view onto the wild open space of the common.

"We do not feel that this is an appropriate site for a new mast and the Friends believe that further investigation into alternative sites should be undertaken."

Commonside East resident Rick Livesey said: "How does it make sense to put a telecommunications mast so close to the green area where there are not people or businesses to be served?

"Could it be re-located?

"We all want better services but it has to be done sensitively."

Mr Livesey, 35, and others argue the mast would obstruct people’s view of the common and be a blight on the landscape.

Comments can be made to Merton Council on the bid until January 30.