Residents of a picturesque village are angry over plans for a 5G mast, which they call an “insult to the king”.
Locals in Burstall, near Ipswich, wanted to build a coronation bench and tree on a grass verge, but now permission has been granted for a new 15 meter high EE mast at the site.
And even His Majesty had supported the bank – Buckingham Palace had written a letter of thanks to the village.
However, an application submitted by EE has now been approved by Babergh District Council in July.
Now members of Burstall Parish Council have said they are “angry, upset and disappointed”, the East Anglian Daily Times reports.
They consider the plans to be an “insult to His Majesty Charles III.”
Susan Frankis, Clerk of Burstall Parish Council, said: “The village commemorated the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 by dedicating a piece of land and planting a tree at the so-called Coronation Corner in the heart of Burstall.
“To continue the tradition, we wanted to do something to celebrate the king’s coronation. It was thought a hand-made oak bench with a carving to commemorate the coronation would be nice.”
“We also have a large oak tree that the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk had planted for us, but we had to cancel the planting and village event because EE will not change their mind about choosing another location for the mast.”
The bench with the engraving “King Charles III. Coronation 2023” is currently in the garden of the local council chairman.
It was funded by District Councilor Christopher Hudson.
Ms Frankis added: “We are upset because it is disrespectful to the king. We wrote to the palace and told them what we were doing and we received a lovely letter back thanking us for honoring this occasion, the coronation.”
“It was said that something like this is very important to the king when it comes to the environment, so it ticks all the boxes for the king’s aspirations for the future of the country.”
Mr Hudson added that the plans were an “insult to His Majesty Charles III”.
The Sun has contacted Babergh District Council for comment.