A PLAN to install a mobile phone mast has met with opposition from councillors.

Mobile phone company O2 wants to erect a 12.5 metre pole and antenna in Wearish Lane, Westhoughton.

But the plans, earmarked for the Victoria Road Motor Company site, have been refused by Westhoughton town council.

Councillors fear the mast would look out of place, as it would be visible from nearby beauty spot The Clough.

Council leader Cllr Jim Gilfillan said: "The town council, along with Bolton Council's environmental services, are putting a lot of money into redeveloping the nearby nature spot. The pole would be very prominent from the top of the road. I would recommend that O2 resubmit the plans to erect the pole on an industrial estate."

The matter will now go before Bolton Council's planning committee.