A COUNCIL will consider allowing a mobile phone mast to be erected in a town park, bringing better network coverage to the town and cash into the public purse.

Spennymoor Town Council is in talks with planning consultants Pegasus Group over a proposal by property company Shared Access, which wants to install a 20m telecommunications structure in Jubilee Park.

The proposal is to site the mast in the council's work depot, an area not used by the public.

The company says the installation will improve signal for customers of Vodafone and O2, and a host of other mobile operators, and increase the 4G network which will speed up internet connection for residents and businesses.

It would also comply with health standards set by an independent scientific organisation, the International Commission of Non-Ionising Radiation Protection.

Town clerk Katherine Heirons said: "The council will have the final say on whether this is want in the park so we need to know the public's opinion.

"We have an independent surveyor to give us an view on what the fee should be if it is allowed, which will be money that goes into the council funds to be reinvested in the community.

"If we don't agree they could look for a site on private land and the money would go to individuals or business and not the public purse."

Pegasus Group is carrying out public consultation and has written to households, schools, businesses and GP surgeries in the area for people's opinions.

The council is also inviting people to comment via its website.