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|Pete vows to defeat O2 mobile mast plan||Wales|
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|Author: Peter Murray||Created: 17 Mar 2006||Updated: 17 Mar 2006||Viewed: 3430 time(s)|
|"It is ludicrous of O2 to even consider basing another mast in Kinmel Bay," said Cllr Murray. "I am not convinced by claims these base stations, considered low power radio frequency transmitters, are harmless.||This case file has 1 entry and has been commented by 1 person|
|A mast had been planted in their backyard overnight so to speak, with warning signs plastered all over the||Created: 17 Mar 2006|
|Pete vows to defeat O2 mobile mast plan
DESPITE ill-health a county councillor has vowed to fight tooth and nail to prevent another mobile phone mast being put up in the area he represents.
Communications company O2UK is currently seeking a suitable site in Kinmel Bay for a new mobile radio base station to enhance its current 2G coverage and provide 3G coverage in the area.
This news has outraged Conwy County and town Cllr Peter Murray, who claims it would rob Kinmel Bay of the only seated area of green open space.
The company is looking to install a 12.5 metre high mast next to J&J caravans on Foryd Road.
"It is ludicrous of O2 to even consider basing another mast in Kinmel Bay," said Cllr Murray. "I am not convinced by claims these base stations,
considered low power radio frequency transmitters, are harmless.
"Why has the government stated that emissions from radio base stations should meet the International Commission Non-ionising Radiation Protection guidelines for public exposure adopted in the UK."
Two and half years ago Kinmel Bay residents were up in arms about a telephone mast in Windsor Grove.
"I seem to remember people of Windsor Grove in Kinmel Bay not too long ago waking up one morning to find a mast had been planted in their backyard overnight so to speak, with warning signs plastered all over the
structure," added Cllr Murray.
Cllr Murray, who is currently fighting cancer, added: "This must not happen again and despite my illness I will galvanise my county and town council colleagues to say a big 'no' to this proposal. Hopefully the public will join in this protest when the need arises."
Consultation on the plans is currently being undertaken in line with Government Code of Best Practice on Mobile Phone Network Development and relevant policy guidance on planning.
It is likely a planning application will be submitted once all this is complete. Surveyors for O2 have also looked at three other locations in Kinmel Bay:
1. Asda - the supermarket has totally rejected the idea of a mast on their property.
2. Alongside the bridge in Sandy Cove - was found unsuitable because it would require a mast 20 metres high to accommodate two networks sharing.
3. A greenfield site adjacent to the beach car park - was unsuitable because it is on the North Wales Pass.
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