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Proud of Twerton
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# Posted: 2 Feb 2011 23:03 - Edited by: Proud of Twerton
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We are in the middle of a third campaign to stop a phone mast being installed near schools and other children's facilities on a certain road.

We fought off two applications for a mast at the road juntion.

Then the phone company applied to install the mast at the same junction but about 40 metres away.

How many times can they go on applying to site a mast in a particular road? Indefinitely??

How many places can they apply to put them? On every square metre of ground?

Anonymous
# Posted: 2 Feb 2011 23:33
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40 metres away - horrendous.

One operator around here applied 5 or 6 times for the same place..
or they move a few metres and resubmitted againand again - they try to ware you down..

I recall one lady taking her young baby in a pram to a meeting and showing a photo of the window where the baby would be - near the mast. it got thrown out.

Get the plan from the council of where the phone mast will be and you want the directions of the centre of the main beams [there will be 3 sectors labelled with direction with respect to North e.g. 0, 120, 240, 360 degrees or whatever. Do any of those lines for the main beams go through or near a school or children's facilities and how far awy are they?
Ther was something about main beams and schools.

Check it out.

Proud of Twerton
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# Posted: 2 Feb 2011 23:40
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Yeah, I've done that. The centre-line of one of the main beams passes just metres from the perimeter of a youth club that is to be running a school on its ground floor. This building would be 150 metres from the mast.

The youth club, a toddler group which meets there, a school and other community activities would all probably fall within the beam of greatest intensity. I've produced diagrams showing how.

You'd think that would sway the case officer? Nope.

ericgeneric
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# Posted: 3 Feb 2011 00:37
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The case officer is just there to rubberstamp the application; if they try to object they are overruled or even moved onto a different department. There have also been instances of the applications being accepted before any public consultation has begun or been completed.

The whole thing is, sadly, a charade. A charade driven by greed. You want to know what will sway them? Money. Money from the telecom companies; the local authorities get a financial cut from every mast that goes up.

EG.

Proud of Twerton
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# Posted: 3 Feb 2011 01:08
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So what's the best way to fight the mast?

ericgeneric
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# Posted: 3 Feb 2011 01:17
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Safety/visual obstruction issues, or if its size is disproportionate to the surrounding area.

They simply do not care about the health implications. You also have to hope the local authority in charge have some backbone, to resist the constant pressure (and it is very sustained pressure) from the telecom companies. I've seen the aggressive way they word their appeals to the councils and case officers. Pages and pages of borderline bullying tactics.

EG.

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