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Mast 'taller than The Shard' proposed for the Richborough Power Station site

The former Richborough Power Station site

The former Richborough Power Station site

Plans are being considered for a mast "taller than The Shard" to be built at the former Richborough Power Station site.

The mast will be used as a new communications tower for financial traders around the world.

Dover District Council has confirmed it has been approached about the exact area the three cooling towers came down 4 years ago.

City traders are constantly looking for ways to speed up their deals, with a millionth of second advantage able to increase the amount of money they can make from a transaction.

Today, the Shard in the centre of London is 309 metres high and is dubbed Europe's tallest building. The Kent mast, if approved, will be 320 metres.

Vigilant Global, a Canadian telecoms firm is behind the plans.

Speaking on behalf of the firm and its partner DRW, spokesperson Jessica Iverson said: “Vigilant Global UK is proposing the Richborough Mast to establish a new communications point between the UK and Europe for uses that include trading and investment activities in financial markets.

"We have been working closely with the local planning authority and meeting with the public in the surrounding communities on the proposal, and we are partnering with local organisations to provide public benefits from the mast, including community radio, wireless broadband access and education initiatives.”

 

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