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Important court ruling on rooftop masts and planning control
United Kingdom Created: 24 Feb 2018
Thanks to Danielle in the forum, who's won a judicial review ruling that pole mounts are in fact masts, see Mawbey vs Lewisham.

Here's what "Council Magazine" has written about the ruling:
"Town and country planning – Permitted development. The term 'mast' in para A.1(2)(c) of Pt 16 of Sch 2 to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, SI 2015/596, should be broadly interpreted, such that each central support pole was a radio mast, as it supported antennae which transmitted and received radio waves. Accordingly, the Planning Court, in allowing the claimant's application for judicial review, held that the defendant local planning authority had wrongly interpreted that provision by having found that the support poles installed at a building had not been masts."


Please also see the discussion thread on the forum, here:
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Source: MV Forum, Danielle, 24 Feb 2018

Visualising Electromagnetic Fields
United Kingdom Created: 8 Feb 2018
This project set out to explore the world around us that is increasingly populated by invisible phenomenon. Most of the modern technology that we use is sometimes invisible. As interaction designers, we constantly talk about them and use them to shape experiences. This project provides a visual framework with which to visualise these unseen phenomena, to enable open dialogue and communication between many disciplines and shared personal interests.

Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) are invisible to humans but they exist around all devices with electrical and magnetic parts. Using custom software, long exposure photography and stop-frame animation, a light-painting technique was developed that captured and visualised the EMF around everyday objects like our laptops and radios.

Collaboration with: Shamik Ray.

Visit the source link below to see the videos...
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Source: Luke Sturgeon & Shamik Ray, 08 Feb 2018

Cell phone radiation linked to cancer in rats in first-ever large government-funded study
United Kingdom Created: 6 Feb 2018
Cell phone radiation could pose a risk of certain cancers to some, the preliminary findings of two new major studies from the National Institutes Health suggest.

Six percent of male rats exposed to the same kind of radiation our cell phones emit - though in much larger quantities - developed a type of cancer called a schwannoma in their hearts.

The pair of studies are the largest the National Toxicology Program has ever conducted about the carcinogenic effects of cell phone radiation.

The authors caution that while much more research is needed to find out whether or not the ways that average people use cell phones could raise cancer risks, the findings highlight an 'area of concern'.

Over the course of the last two years, researchers at the National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been exposing rats and mice to varying levels of cell phone radio frequency radiation.

In 2016 - early days in the research timeline - the NIH scientists released preliminary data warning that it seemed there was a very possible link between cell phone radiation and cancer.

That early release prompted a spate of related research, which, in turn, prompted the state of California and former NIH toxicologists, among others, to issue warnings in the last year.

Smartphones and other wireless devices put out small amounts of low frequency microwave radiation when they connect networks and transmit information.

This energy is not nearly as strong as ultraviolet radiation or X-ray energy, but the new studies add to the mounting evidence that even microwave radiation, in high doses, can pose some health risks.

In their multi-million dollar study, the NTP researchers exposed rats and mice to high levels of radiation over the course of 18 hours each day, alternating 10-minute exposures with 10-minute periods without exposures.

Radiation surges when cell phones are trying to connect to faint network signals or transmit large amounts of information.

Experts warn that it is these inconsistent exposures that make the devices particularly risky.

'Our ultimate findings are about the same as we put out in 2016,' says study co-author Dr John Bucher.

What they found, both early on and at the end of the study, was that there were 'statistically significant' differences in the incidence of heart schwannoma tumors in rats.

The incidences of other cancers were not higher, statistically speaking, than the researchers would have expected to see in rats as they aged in general.

Schwannomas develop from peripheral nervous cells, called Schwann cells. They develop inside the sheath that covers nerves, wrapping and interfering with nerves themselves.

In humans, these tumors are usually benign. These noncancerous schwannomas are most common in the vestibular nerve that connects the brain and the ear.

Malignant schwannomas can start anywhere, but seem to be most common in the leg, arm or lower back, sometimes causing a bump, pain, muscle weakness or tingling.

Though they are not common in human hearts, cardiac tissue is a good target for cell phone radiation, Dr Bucher says.

Microwave radiation works by heating water. Muscle tissue - like the heart - is 75 percent water, while fat, for example, is only about 10 percent water.

That means that muscular tissues are especially affected by cell phone radiation, which my explain why the nerve tumors were most likely to form in a highly muscular organ.

Counter-intuitively, bigger animals are more sensitive to radiation.

So, the higher rate of tumors in males 'was probably due to the fact that male rats simply absorb more radiation than females as a function of the size of the animal,' Dr Bucher explained.

Similarly, cancer risks for mice were negligible, and female rats that were pregnant - and therefore larger - were also more sensitive to radiation.

Though Dr Bucher says the levels of microwave radiation the animals were exposed to were much higher than we encounter from our cell phones, humans are, of course, considerably larger than rats.

It is also worth note that radiation exposures in the study would still comply with federal regulations on heat microwave heat generated by cell phones, and still there were increased risks of at least one cancer for rats.

Dr Joel Moskowitz, director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California, Berkeley said that 'the federal radio frequency radiation limits should be re-assessed and strengthened in light of these findings.'

The NTP findings have not been peer-reviewed yet, but Dr Bucher said that they are 'important because they give us an area of concern, and we now have a starting place where we might know where to look' for potential cancer risks from cell phones.
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Source: Daily Mail, Natalie Rahhal, 02 Feb 2018

Secret Military base locations exposed by SmartWatch data
United Kingdom Created: 28 Jan 2018
Strava, a company that collects data from SmartWatches, like "FitBits" has released a so-called "heat map" built from SmartWatches GPS-data that geographically track the places where people frequent and do their exercise. Military bases are places where intense training and exercise is done, so they show up like fireflies on the map. Also secret outposts in scarcely populated areas are places where movement and patrol routes are repeated over and over, thus showing up clearly on the map.
Mr. Tobias Schneider has collected some of them on his Twitter page, here:

Even the U.S. Pentagon seems to be frequented by SmartWatch users, unwittingly creating a blue-print of the top-secret buildings entries and passage ways:
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Source: Twitter, Tobias Schneider, 27 Jan 2018

New code favours mobile phone mast operators
United Kingdom Created: 28 Dec 2017
NEW rules on communications infrastructure equipment will boost phone companies’ rights and could lead to a fall in revenues for some landowners, top property experts have warned.

The Electronic Communications Code , which comes into force from December 28, is being introduced under the Digital Economy Act 2017, governing agreements between site providers and operators for telecom apparatus such as masts and cables.

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Dec 2017, United Kingdom: Farmers warned against accepting 'one-sided' telecoms deals

The code is a statutory scheme of rights and obligations which operates in parallel with any contractual arrangements – and may in many instances override such an agreement.

According to Mike Reid, head of Energy and Utilities at Galbraith, the new code will enable operators to enter land against the landholder's wishes in order to install, erect, maintain and use any form of electronic communications apparatus, and any ancillary equipment needed to enable that.

“Site providers need to be aware of the provisions as they strengthen operators’ rights and change some provisions which have become commonplace in current agreements,” said Mr Reid. "The ECC strengthens operators’ rights and will see a fall in some site providers’ revenues, particularly for those receiving payments for ‘site sharing’ – where masts are used by more than one mobile-phone company."

Under the ECC, operators gain automatic rights to upgrade and share apparatus without permission from the landowner, provided there is minimal adverse visual impact or additional burden. They can assign agreements without owners seeking improved terms, and landlords lose the right to choose future tenants, raising concerns over compliance with lease obligations, particularly site restoration provisions.

Mr Reid continued: “The new ECC clearly strengthens the operators’ rights and it is important that landowners receive professional advice to help protect their interests in a changing regulatory environment."

Strutt and Parker's Ian Thornton-Kemsley agreed: “There has been a rush to complete agreements before the new code comes into force as it fundamentally changes the relationship between affected landowners and operators. Any agreement not completed by December 28 will fall into the provisions of the new code.

“Purchasers of property will need to ensure sufficient due diligence is carried out during conveyancing to establish whether any telecommunications right affect the property. Unfortunately, a reform of the registration regime has not been included in the new code. Agreements will be overriding interests capable of binding successors in title even where they haven’t been registered. If there is a telecoms interest this is likely to affect value and this may lead to delay and increased costs in conveyancing."
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Source: The Scottish Farmer, Kelly Finlay, 27 Dec 2017

Farmers warned against accepting 'one-sided' telecoms deals
United Kingdom Created: 19 Dec 2017
Farmers and landowners have been urged to refuse any template telecoms agreement for siting a mobile phone mast on land after the new Telecoms Code takes effect on 28 December 2017.

There are fears the terms of any such agreement could leave farmers and landowners at a significant disadvantage.
A new electronic communications code, introduced as part of the Digital Economy Act 2017, will become law on 28 December 2017.
The code is a statutory scheme of rights and obligations which enables operators to enter land against the landholders wishes in order to install, erect, maintain and use any form of electronic communications apparatus.
It allows operators to obtain rights over land and to remain on land against the landowners wishes.


Robert Paul, one of the UK’s leading experts on the telecoms market who works for Strutt & Parker, said mobile phone operators have been trying to agree a standard lease document with the input of a body of landowners’ representatives ahead of the new code coming into force.

“They argue that this will simplify the process of getting agreements in place, which will help them as they try to speed up the rollout of mobile and broadband services,” Mr Paul explained.
“However, given the NFU, CLA and other industry bodies have recently withdrawn from the process, it is likely that any agreement will be one-sided in favour of the operators and not a true reflection of what rights the code actually gives to them.
“In our view, the concept of a standard agreement for telecoms sites is flawed anyway. The industry does not operate on standard lease terms now – it never has done, and there is no reason why it should start happening now.”

'Aggressive approach'

Mr Paul said he had already seen indications that operators intend to take a more aggressive approach to the acquisition and handling of sites once the new code takes effect.
He said it is vital that site providers are aware of their rights under the new arrangements.
He added: “The operators interpret the code in a very different way to how we would. For example, the new code does aim to make it easier for operators to upgrade and share their equipment with other operators to help increase coverage.

“But this does not mean that an operator has unfettered rights under the new code to add equipment installed on a site, much as operators would like people to believe that. The code does give them greater powers, but they have to jump through a number of hoops first.”


There is also the issue of rents which Strutt & Parker do not see tumbling in the way the operators predict.
Strutt & Parker’s most recent telecoms survey showed that the average greenfield rent for a mobile phone mast was £6,000 per year, but Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited (CTIL) are suggesting payments based on compensation only and paying just a few thousand pounds as a one-off payment for a long-term lease.

Mr Paul continued: “Landowners, particularly those in remote rural areas, are as keen as anyone to see improved mobile and broadband connections, but they cannot be expected to sign up without question to agreements that could have a significant impact on their normal business operations.

“It is important that site providers are aware that even though the new Telecoms Code does give the operators greater powers, landowners still have the right to negotiate around the terms of any agreement.
“If approached by an operator asking to inspect a potential site, we would advise property owners to agree terms first before granting entry.

“Those with existing telecoms equipment on their property should also carefully consider their position following the introduction of the new code.”
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Source: Farming UK, 19 Dec 2017

Victory for people power as controversial mast plans rejected
United Kingdom Created: 14 Dec 2017
CONTROVERSIAL proposals to install a mobile phone mast in Solihull have been refused by the planning committee after objections from 700 petitioners.

The plan to put up a 15-metre mast and equipment cabinets for Vodafone on the grass verge outside The Lodge in Yardley Wood Road were unanimously turned down by planning chiefs, despite officers’ recommendations to approve it.

The committee refused the application based on a policy within the Local Development Plan, which states any mast should be at a distance of at least twice its height from the nearest residential properties.

Campaigners at the meeting spoke about their fears over health to children in the area going to school or nursery, the mast being out of scale with the area and increase in noise levels.

This was backed up with two petitions with more than 700 signatures that were handed to the council ahead of the meeting.

The committee of councillors was told at the meeting if they decided to reuse the application it would contravene national policy, which states local authorities should not impose a ban on new telecommunications nor insist on minimum distances between new telecommunications development and existing development.

Council officer James Carpenter said local planning policies had to conform with national planning policies.

Speaking after the meeting, Coun Brian Holmes praised residents for their community spirit.

He said: “I am so grateful to the residents, I canvassed with them and got signatures for the petition.

“I can’t thank them enough for their help and all their hard work to get the petition together.

“It just goes to show that 500-plus people can move mountains.”

Solihull MP, Julian Knight has also raised the matter in the House of Commons and handed in a petition there.

He said: “It is a great victory for local residents that the planning for the mast, in its current form, has been refused.

“I have worked hard to ensure that the voices of local residents have been heard, by presenting a petition to the House of Commons, putting pressure on the council, as well as liaising with Vodafone directly.

“I would like to congratulate the local campaign group, the council and Coun Brian Holmes who have also worked hard on the matter, and listened to the concerns of the local community.”
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Source: Solihull Observer, Sarah Mason, 13 Dec 2017

Former NSA spy believes he contracted Parkinson's from a microwave attack
United Kingdom Created: 7 Dec 2017
A former US National Security Agency officer believes that a weaponized microwave attack caused the Parkinson’s disease that is now slowly killing him 10 years later.

Mike Beck was diagnosed with the degenerative neurological disorder in 2006, when he was only 46.

The exact cause of Parkinson’s remains largely a mystery to doctors, researchers and sufferers like Beck.

Little research has been conducted on the relationship between Parkinson’s and forms of radiation like microwaves, but experts say that they can’t be ruled out as contributing factors.

Beck joined the NSA in 1987, and spent much of his career traveling to other countries – often in times of conflict – to protect information critical the security of the US.

In 1996, he and another agent, Charles Gubete, were assigned to do an assessment of security for a facility abroad.

The classified information in question prohibited Beck from disclosing any details about where he was, what the information was or any other identifying details of that mission.

But, he told the Washington Post that he and Gubete were detained for two hours leaving the country, and that a translator hinted that the two of them had been under surveillance.

After his diagnosis 10 years later, Beck gained access to a classified report that he believes describes the country’s use of a microwave attack against him and Gubete while they were in their adjacent hotel rooms.

Beck, who now lives in Columbia, Maryland, has filed a claim with the Department of Labor, claiming that his health was irreversibly damaged on the job.

Radiation describes the release of any energy, including low energy radio waves and microwaves. Microwaves are not as strongly linked to cancer as are higher frequency waves.

We know that brain cells deteriorate in people with Parkinson’s, but we do not know exactly why.

It is suspected that people are genetically by predisposed to the disease. However, Parkinson’s does not ‘run in the family’ the way that many diseases do. Beck told the Washington Post that no one in his family has, to his knowledge, had Parkinson’s.

Even so, one study has even shown that people are statistically less likely to develop Parkinson’s if they have a sibling with the disease.

Some studies show that there may be environmental triggers for the disorder, but the specifics of these, too, are unclear. The most well-documented risk factors are that it is more common as people get older, and more common among men.

Toxins like pesticides are thought to elevate risks as well, but few studies have examined the relationship between radiation and Parkinson’s.

One study done last year examined the potential effects of small amounts of radiowaves – like those produced by cell phones – on a possible underlying cause of Parkinson’s disease.

The researchers posited that microwaves might encourage the formation of Lewy Bodies, clumps of proteins commonly observed in Parkinson’s patients.

But, ultimately they concluded that the form of radiation did not have any significant effect on Lewy Bodies, and, therefore Parkinson’s.

But, lead study author Dr David de Pomerai, a professor emeritus from the University of Nottingham, says that his ‘work doesn’t support [Beck's] claim – but we can’t rule it out either!’

‘In the absence of any details as to the power levels and operating frequency(ies) of the alleged microwave weapon, it is impossible to know whether there might be any selective effect’ on the development of Parkinson’s might have been, he says.

In spite of his own study results, Dr de Pomerai says ‘it is perfectly possible that stronger fields, at a different frequency - or multiple frequencies simultaneously - might well have some effect.

He says that the timeline of Beck’s Parkinson’s disease is also curious.

‘The kind of one-off exposure described would typically trigger an acute response (which might snowball and cause symptoms within a much shorter time-frame), whereas the slow emergence of symptoms sounds more typical of chronic exposure to low levels of toxic chemicals that can damage proteins’ and cause the Lewy Bodies associated with Parkinsons, says Dr de Pomerai.

In other words, the researcher would expect Beck’s Parkinson’s to set in fairly immediately after the purported microwave attack. But, he adds, ‘it is at least possible that some other factor may underlie the development of Parkinson's in this case.

‘The time-course of neurodegenerative responses - even to acute exposures - could still be very slow, and there's no strong evidence either way to prove or disprove the claims made,’ Dr de Pomerai says.

Daily Mail Online contacted the NSA and the Department of Labor, Beck's attorney and his physician. Beck's physician replied that he was unable to comment without Beck's explicit permission, and no other parties responded to requests for comment.
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Source: Daily Mail, Natalie Rahhal, 07 Dec 2017

Petition: Cancel the smart meter roll-out
United Kingdom Created: 5 Dec 2017
We call on the Government to cancel the smart meter roll-out, on the grounds of...

1) Health - they emit microwave radiation, a Group 2B Carcinogen

2) Safety - can cause fires

3) Privacy - consumption data can be tracked/sold

4) Security - can be hacked

5) Cost-reports suggest £400+ per household

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Source: Petitions Govt. UK, Dave Ashton, 05 Dec 2017

Council admits "cock-up" over mobile phone mast
United Kingdom Created: 21 Nov 2017
A SENIOR Wiltshire councillor has apologised after a "cock-up" allowed work to start on a mobile phone mast in Woodfalls - despite planning permission having been refused.

Work began on the mast in Ridge Farm near Highfield Lane last month, to the surprise of residents.

The council had refused the plans but failed to inform Vodafone within the allotted 56 days so, permission was deemed to be granted.

Cabinet member for planning Toby Sturgis spoke to residents at a meeting of Redlynch Parish Council on November 14.

He said: "Yes, to put it bluntly, we did cock this one up."

Cllr Sturgis said the council had met the firm at the site and told it the mast was too big and its base was in the wrong place.

Vodafone had redesigned the mast to be slimmer, he said, but he could not give an exact height.

Cllr Sturgis said there was "going to be a mast anyway" and the council was trying to get the best design.

Sarah Barnard, whose family have a property near the mast and had lost a sell as a result of the mast, said she was "incredibly angry".

"It is disgraceful that Wiltshire Council have not only made a fatal mistake, in a time critical, bog-standard planning application but is standing in front of us trying to say it is not worth fighting it," she said.

Cllr Sturgis said even if the refusal had been submitted on time, an inspector could have overruled the council on appeal.

Miss Barnard asked whether the council would compensate affected landowners.

Cllr Sturgis said this had not happened before.

Resident John Kent called for local people to be involved with negotiations with Vodafone instead of it being done “behind closed doors”.

Cllr Sturgis said there could be no enforcement action during negotiations, but residents would be consulted on any new plans.

He said: “If they put the mast up on the pad as it is we will serve an enforcement notice. Then they have the choice of taking it down. At the moment they haven’t put it up as I understand it.”

Redlynch Parish Council agreed to collate alternative sites for Wiltshire Council to put forward to Vodafone.
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Source: Salisbury Journal, Katy Griffin, 21 Nov 2017

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