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Anti-mast campaigners send out clear signal to mobile company
United Kingdom Created: 24 Feb 2017
OVER sixty people have signed a petition asking the council to reject proposals to erect a 4G telephone mast in Southport.

CTIL Communications, on behalf of Vodafone and Telefonica, want to erect a 15 metre mobile phone mast on land at 32 Belmont Street – but face strong objection from at least 66 nearby residents who are begging the company to rethink their proposals.

Dukes Ward Councillor David Barton said: “I believe that the Council should listen to and act upon the views and concerns of the residents, who, for very good reasons, would prefer to see an alternative location found for any future Telecommunications Base Stations.

"Having conducted an extensive and thorough survey with the residents and CTIL the telephone provider, I would strongly recommend that the telephone provider waits until a better suited location becomes available that is not directly within a clustered residential area such as Belmont Street.

"I should like to thank both local residents and the telephone provider for continuing to seek the best placed site to improve our local telecommunications for the long-term and have confidence that such a better site may be found outside of Belmont Street.

"Following residents' requests I have submitted additional site locations where land and property owners have consented to acquiring a telephone mast in the future and thank those who have already come forward.

"Should anyone else wish to formally submit a location I would recommend they contact either myself or the telephone provider directly so that we may together achieve the best outcome for all."

A planning statement by CTIL Communications said: “This is an new Vodafone and Telefonica site with planned 4G to upgrade the geographical area for better coverage and capacity.”

“4G (LTE) is the latest service to be provided by operators for increasing data speeds on their networks and for improving the user experience.”
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Source: Sefton & West Lancashire Champion, Ollie Cowan, 24 Feb 2017

Upton phone mast plan turned down because of feared effect on wildlife
United Kingdom Created: 17 Feb 2017
A MOBILE phone service provider says it is considering its options after its planning application for a mast near Upton was turned down.

Vodafone, based at Newbury, Berkshire, applied to put the 15-metre mast and its equipment at Portmans Farm, Newbridge Green, just outside the town.

The plan was supported by Upton Town Council and by the Upton Town Partnership, which said: "The improvement in signal strength and coverage is vital for the local community and essential for the development of business. We support this application and any other efforts to improve the strength and coverage of the telecoms signals within the town".

Malvern Hills District Council's own economic development team said : "This scheme will make a positive contribution to overall coverage in the area including providing an enhanced level of service covering Ofcom not-spots identified in Upton and at Tunnel Hill."

But a number of residents of Tunnel Hill and Newbridge Green objected, saying that the proposed mast would be an eyesore in the rural landscape.

And council planners decided to refuse the application after hearing that the building of the mast could have an adverse impact of wildlife, particularly badgers and great crested newts, near the proposed site.

A Vodafone spokesman said: "Vodafone and O2 customers expect to be able to use their mobiles and devices where they live, work and travel.

"Base stations are low-powered devices which only cover approximately half a mile in radius and therefore we have to put base stations close to our customers.

"We have identified that we need to improve the coverage to our customers in Upton upon Severn and applied for a base station at Portmans Farm.

"We were disappointed that the local planning authority refused the application and are considering our options in the local area."
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Source: Malvern Gazette, Robert Hale, 13 Feb 2017

VIDEO: Meir residents win 17-year fight to remove phone mast blamed for cancer deaths
United Kingdom Created: 17 Feb 2017
VIDEO: Meir residents win 17-year fight to remove phone mast blamed for cancer deaths
This towering 82ft high mobile phone mast has finally been removed - after a 17-year battle by residents.
Shooters Hill Association – a group of neighbours in Meir – has spent thousands of pounds, sent hundreds of letters, visited Westminster and staged peaceful protests to try to get the eyesore dismantled.
The Orange mast was erected in 1993 and the association was set up in 2000 when residents found out the tower had been erected without proper consultation.
Families have always suspected there could be a link between cancer deaths in the area and the phone mast – which could be seen from as far as a mile away.
It has emerged power to the mast was removed two years ago - and the tower has now been dismantled.
The association had three aims - register Shooters Hill as a village green, remove a concrete compound which was blocking a footpath, and dismantle the 'unsightly and intrusive' mast.
Association spokeswoman Jean Hopkins, from Cherrywood Grove, Meir, said: "The mast was put up without any notification or consultation to the public. Residents didn't know anything about it until it appeared.
"It has been a very long, difficult and frustrating task which has even seen us go to the House of Commons. But despite the obstacles we have had to overcome, the three aims have now been achieved. We have never given up. On one occasion we all stood outside the reservoir and the police were sent to remove us.
"I was told that the mast would come down in September last year, then that it would be just after Christmas. It means a lot to the association to see all our hard work has paid off."
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Source: Stoke Sentinel/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Important: WHY should the British citizens and Industry have to Suffer "Blackouts" because of the "Smartphones"? (By editor!)
United Kingdom Created: 2 Feb 2017
We all read in the news press and hear on the TV news the dire threat news that within a short time we will be suffering Electricity "Blackout"s as our power stations cannot cope with our usage, so we are advised that households and industry will have to cut down on their usage, as If Not we will experience War Time like "Blackouts".

So here is my suggestion for a Power Saving Scheme, that would be Easy and would Not Hurt Anyone, and all can cook dinner and work through the day without any disruption to the Electricity.
I got my info from MOA = Mobile operators Association, although I do not know if these numbers are accurate.

The Mobile Industry in the UK claims it has 52500 active mobile masts, at the moment and loads more are planned.

A conservative estimate of Electricity usage by each mobile mast is: 2500 kWh/pr. month, which gives us a figure of: 131250000/pr month.
So calculated for 12 months usage: 52500x2500x12= 1575000000/kWh

And for WHAT?
On-line shopping, posting on "Social Media" ordering Take away, chatting with friends, which most could be done over the Landline anyway.

Just Think About It: Is it Really Worth our Industry Stopping or going on a 3 day week?
Or having to eat RAW food at dinner time because there is No Electricity?
And All This for being able to post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. and let your kids/teenager/wife's/husbands use their mobiles rather than the existing Landline??
I don't think so, if you ask me!

Please comment on the subject in Forum:

Best regards.
Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Aggressive Brain Tumors Are Going Up in U.K., Others Going Down
United Kingdom Created: 1 Feb 2017
The incidence of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most virulent and deadly type of brain cancer, is going up in the UK, while the incidence of other types of malignant brain tumors are declining, according to some newly published raw data.

Take a look at the data plots in our latest post and then see if you still think brain tumor rates are steady and not changing, as many public health officials and the mainstream media would have us believe.

See the dramatic new plots here:
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Source: Microwave News, Louis Slesin Phd, 31 Jan 2017

Church spires to get broadband transmitters in new government drive to connect remote communities (editors comments below)
United Kingdom Created: 30 Jan 2017
The Church of England, Always true to their REAL GOD, MAMMON !! Potential profit: £ 4-7000/year!.

Church spires in Britain’s most remote communities are to be rigged up with broadband satellites in a new government drive to boost internet connection.

The Church of England has offered use of its 16,000 churches to help the Tories deliver on a promise to bring superfast broadband to 95 per cent of properties.
Ministers believe the innovative technique can help get online communities so remote that traditional broadband delivered by wire cables is too difficult.
By Ben Riley-Smith, Assistant Political Editor The Daily Telegraph

And Please Look At This Earlier Article,
with comments from Editor: (Biased YES, but only because of the health harm caused by named "Technology")

Mobile operators could be 'held to ransom' by farmers (and will soon be by the C of E, after initial contracts mature or run out ).

Landowners receiving income for hosting a mobile mast on their land could ramp up rents when an estimated 4,000 leases expire this year
"There should be no obligation without protection," said Kip Meek, director of public policy at EE, which has 30pc share of the mobile market and has 18,000 masts.
"This is costing us Millions Of Pounds A Year. (Well the earn Billions, so Why Squeal and plead Poverty??
The Government needs to press on with reforming the rules and provide greater protection from the unreasonable demands of landlords." (Hey, what about a greater protection for the public from their relentless Blanket Bombing with Microwave Radiation??) And WHERE is the Public´s Protection?? And someone give me an answer to this Important Question:: ALL, large or Small Firms in the UK are Forced to Have a PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE, which is crippling for Small firms as well as large, BUT THERE HAS BEEN MADE AN EXCEPTION FOR THE TELECOM´S INDUSTRY, THEY HAVE BEEN EXCUSED FROM HAVING PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE, AS NO-One, I repeat No-One will take on to Insure them for NO_HARM to the public!! (Which is actually admitting that their "Technology is Really TOXIC to Humans and Life in General!!

Today, There are some 34,000 mobile masts in Britain which cover 98pc of the UK population, but geographically this is closer to 85pc.
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir, 29 Jan 2017

URGENT: Legal challenge against mast in Church spire needs funding
United Kingdom Created: 24 Jan 2017
We are trying to fund our legal case to the next stage - This has become urgent as we have to meet the deadline of 31st January 2017. Already we have put a lot of time, money and effort into holding off the Telecom corporations for one & a half years. Our local C of E Church is planning to house the mast and we feel this is against Christian ethics as well as the main issue which is damage to our health, deterioration of the environment and harm to wildlife, birds, bees, trees, flowers.

*SNIP* go to the GoFundMe page here:
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Source: GoFundMe, Velma Lyrea, 20 Jan 2017

MP unhappy as residents ignored over 21-metre Hightown phone mast plan
United Kingdom Created: 13 Jan 2017
Maghull MP Bill Esterson has expressed his disappointment that residents look set to be ignored over plans for a giant phone mast in Hightown Village - Sefton Council are set to approve a proposal from Clarke's Telecom to build a 21-metre mast to improve Vodafone and O2 reception in the area, despite heavy opposition from residents.

The council had received more than 100 letters of objection to the plans, while a petition against the mast was signed by 403 people. Alternative locations had also been suggested, including the Hightown pub, which Bill says could have benefited through rent payments for hosting the most.

However, a planning report has concluded that the chosen location, at Lower Alt Road, is the best option.

It states: " Other sites have been assessed by the applicants and have been discounted for a variety of reasons. It is recommended that approval be given.

"It is accepted that the upper part of the mast will be seen from many vantage points. This is inevitably the case as a clear line of sight is needed in order to provide a strong signal. However, much of the mast will be screened from many public vantage points and it is concluded the appearance of the mast will not have an unacceptable impact on the character of the local area."

Labour MP Bill said: “I understand the need for better mobile phone reception in Hightown. Anyone who knows the village knows the signal can be very poor. But the fact that Clarke appear to be going ahead with their plans to build by the village green, means that residents concerns are being ignored.

“My understanding is that The Hightown Club have asked for this mast and have identified a more suitable location. They believe that their location is better for phone coverage for the whole village, including for proposed new houses.

"The planning department can only follow planning rules, which are set by central government and these were changed by the Conservative/Lib-Dem government in 2011 to make it easier for developers. So the planning department and committee effectively have their hands tied by government whether its on phone masts or on housing developments. The only hope really is if Clarke's reconsider and I hope that they will.

“I have passed on residents' concerns to Sefton Council and to Clarke’s. The phone mast would also help if it were at the Hightown Club as any revenue made from this site would go back into the community. I still hope that Clarke’s will listen to residents and that a compromise will be reached that improves phone coverage, keeps the village green as it is and puts money into the community!”

A final decision will be made at the Sefton Council planning committee meeting on Wednesday, January 17.
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Source: Southport Visiter, Jamie Lopez-Sou, 12 Jan 2017

Petition launched as Stowmarket campaign against phone mast near two schools steps up
United Kingdom Created: 12 Jan 2017
Objectors campaigning against a mobile phone mast next to two Suffolk schools have launched a petition, in the hope they can stop the plans.

Hundreds of people living on the Chilton estate in Stowmarket have already signed the petition, with residents raising concerns around the impact on school children’s health from exposure to the 60 foot mast.

A health and safety assessment from the company behind the mast, Shared Access, states that the microwave radiation levels are well within safe exposure limits in both the short and long term.

However, with a planning application seeking permission behind Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, between Stockmarket High School and Wood Ley Primary School, many residents have taken exception.

Denise Askew, organiser of the petition and an online action group, said: “I don’t think we should be taking the risk when it is young children being exposed. I have seen nothing that makes me think it is worth the risk.

“I think people are waking up now and starting to take notice of what is planned. We do not even have poor 4G reception in the area, so another reason is that there is just simply no need for the mast. It is going to reduce the value of our houses as well.”

A statement in objection to the plans from Stowmarket Town Council said: “The town council is of the opinion that the proposed location, being close to Wood Ley Primary, Mid Suffolk Playworld, Chilton Court Residential Care Home and a residential area, is wholly unsuitable for a telecommunications mast. The town council is aware of the significant community interest in this application and respectively requests that the planning authority give due consideration to the views of the local community.”

They also requested the application is determined by the planning committee and not delegated to the officers.

The planning application has not yet been listed for a decision. In the past week, after a campaign by residents to raise awareness saw leaflets handed out around the local area, more than 50 people have submitted objections.

A petition launched on calls on Shared Access, who want to install the mast to improve Vodafone and O2 4G coverage, to withdraw their plans.

So far 213 people have signed the petition, with the ‘Residents Against 60 ft Mast at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre Stowmarket’ Facebook group standing at 385 members.
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Source: East Anglian Daily Times, Matt Reason, 11 Jan 2017

Farmer built fiber-optic rural broadband network
United Kingdom Created: 27 Dec 2016
"I'm just a farmer's wife," says Christine Conder, modestly - But for 2,300 members of the rural communities of Lancashire she is also a revolutionary internet pioneer.

Her DIY solution to a neighbour's internet connectivity problems in 2009 has evolved into B4RN, an internet service provider offering fast one gigabit per second broadband speeds to the parishes which nestle in the picturesque Lune Valley.

That is 35 times faster than the 28.9 Mbps average UK speed internet connection according to Ofcom.

It all began when the trees which separated Chris's neighbouring farm from its nearest wireless mast - their only connection to the internet, provided by Lancaster University - grew too tall.

Something more robust was required, and no alternatives were available in the area, so Chris decided to take matters into her own hands.

She purchased a kilometre of fibre-optic cable and commandeered her farm tractor to dig a trench.

After lighting the cable, the two farms were connected, with hers feeding the one behind the trees.

"We dug it ourselves and we lit [the cable] ourselves and we proved that ordinary people could do it," she says.

"It wasn't rocket science. It was three days of hard work."

Her motto, which she repeats often in conversation, is JFDI. Three of those letters stand for Just Do It. The fourth you can work out for yourself.

And JFDI she has.

B4RN now claims to have laid 2,000 miles (3,218km) of cable and connected a string of local parishes to its network. It won't connect a single household, so the entire parish has to be on board before it will begin to build.

Each household pays £30 per month with a £150 connection fee and larger businesses pay more. Households must also do some of the installation themselves.

The entire infrastructure is fibre-optic cable right to the property, rather than just to the cabinet, with existing copper phone lines running from that to the home, as generally offered by British Telecom.

The service is so popular that the company has work lined up for the next 10 years and people from as far as Sierra Leone have attended the open days it holds a couple of times a year.

The bulk of the work is done by volunteers, although there are now 15 paid staff also on board. Farmers give access to their land and those with equipment like diggers and tractors do the heavy work.

However other landowners can charge - B4RN has complained on its Facebook page about the price of cabling under a disused railway bridge owned by Highways England.

A spokesperson told the BBC these are "standard industry costs" which include a £4,500 fee for surveying, legal fees and a price per metre for the cable installation.

While B4RN has yet to make a profit, once it has paid back its shareholders it should be in good financial health - although one of the conditions is that profits must be ploughed back into the community.

Chris's services to rural broadband have recognised by the Queen - she was awarded an MBE in 2015, alongside Barry Forde, a retired university lecturer who now leads the co-operative.

Incredibly, many B4RN customers had been surviving on dial-up services or paying high fees for satellite feeds. Chris says that some still are.

With farmers having to register online with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) within five days of every calf being born in order for it to enter the food chain, connectivity is vital.

"All the farmers who haven't got broadband have to rely on land agents or auction marts or public wi-fi spaces which we haven't got round here either, or paying somebody to do it," says Chris.

"What the farmers were finding was the dial-up just couldn't cope with it.

"They bought satellites, but then the children would use all the satellite feed to do their things and then they came to use it at night and there was no feed left, they'd gone over the data and they were being charged a fortune for what they then used.

"So the farmers have been incredibly supportive of this and that's why they've given us free rein throughout the fields, which we go through to connect them and then we get to the villages which subsidise the farmers' connections.

"You couldn't do it just for the farmers alone, but you couldn't get to the village without the farmers so it's tit for tat."

There are other independent fibre broadband providers out there, like Gigaclear which serves around 50,000 customers based in several UK counties and Hyperoptic which is active in 13 cities. They all claim to offer 1Gbps speeds.

"The best way to make sure this country catches up is to support the alternative networks," says Chris.

"Wherever there's competition BT will then up their game.

"We can't do the whole country. [BT, Virgin etc] are good businesses. They are in it to make a profit, that's what businesses are supposed to do."

Openreach, currently a division of BT, owns the UK's largest broadband infrastructure.

"The big picture is that we've got a plan, alongside the government, to get to 95% UK fibre coverage," said Kim Mears, Openreach's managing director of Infrastructure Delivery.

The provider has also upgraded 90 small communities through its Community Fibre Partnership, set up to work in areas it describes as "hard to reach".

Ms Mears appealed to those struggling with poor connectivity to make contact.

"There is lots available if communities come together. We are really sitting here waiting to help," she said.
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Source: BBC News, Zoe Kleinman, 26 Dec 2016

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