Springfield residents have launched a petition in a desperate last attempt to stop the installation of a three-storey cellphone tower in their residential area.

The residents are still gathering signatures to an online and physical petition to stop its installation.

But the council said the installation was a permitted activity in the area which didn't need consultation and Spark said it was needed to fill a "digital hole" Springfield sat in.

Petition co-ordinator Nilamani Wright's concerns centred around effects on health and property values. She estimates they have about 1000 signatures.

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She referred to a Ministry for the Environment publication

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