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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

Go here to sign the petition online:
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/203867
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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

Mum who claims 'Wi-Fi allergy' killed her daughter fights for wireless to be removed from all schools and hospitals
United Kingdom Created: 17 Nov 2017
A mum who claims a Wi-Fi allergy drove her teenage daughter to suicide is fighting for wireless internet to be removed from every school and hospital in the UK.

Debbie Fry's daughter Jenny was found dead aged 15 in woodland near her home in the Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, in 2015.

Mrs Fry claimed at her daughter's inquest that Jenny's life was made a misery as she had electro-hypersensitivity (EHS).

She believes the condition, which has not been medically proven to exist, allegedly caused Jenny to suffer from headaches, tiredness and bladder problems after she was exposed to wireless connections at her school, Gloucestershire Live reports.

The coroner recorded a narrative verdict on the cause of Jenny's death and did not include factors relating to EHS as there were no medical proof she suffered from it.

But Mrs Fry is now on a mission to remove Wi-Fi from all schools and will be among the speakers at a public health talk in Stroud, Gloucestershire, on Sunday.

In 2015, the heartbroken mum told Oxfordshire Coroners' Court Jenny had started showing signs of EHS in November 2012 and the closer she was to a wireless router, the worse she felt.

"Jenny was getting ill and so was I" she said. "I did some research and found how dangerous Wi-Fi could be so I had it taken out of the house.

"Both Jenny and I were fine at home but Jenny continued to be ill at school in certain areas."

The NHS says it is unlikely mobile phones or wireless devices increase the risks of health problems.

But Mrs Fry is fighting government plans to introduce Wi-Fi to the whole of the NHS.

She said: "They are planning to put in something that makes the sick, sicker.

"There's some urgency to which the whole of the UK's population needs to be told this technology is not as safe as we are led to believe."

Mrs Fry will be joined by campaigner Alan Cooke, who claims radiation emitted from devices damages cells within our body, potentially leading to diseases such as cancer and brain tumours.

Mr Cooke said: "Anything that is wireless will emit microwave radiation - that's a fact. If you are receiving that over a period of time your cells will not repair - they will cause diseases.

"It's not just me saying it - it's top independent scientists and doctors. It's not something the government wants to tell people about."

In May 2016 businessman Ian Phillips died after a tumour the size of a lemon was found in his brain.

Before he died he claimed his brain cancer began as he was using his mobile phone for six hours a day.

During her daughter's inquest, Mrs Fry said: "Jenny died after making a cry for help. She texted her friend saying she was intending to die but told her where she was.

"If she had intended to kill herself she wouldn't have said where she was. Unfortunately the friend did not have her phone with her so never saw the message in time.

"Jenny left letters for us where she said she couldn't cope with her allergies from Wi-Fi anymore.

"She left them for us in case things went too far but I don't believe she wanted to die.

"She wanted to do well at school and go to university but she knew Wi-Fi was having a bad effect on her studies."

The NHS says the only known effects of radio waves on the human body are very small rises in temperature - comparable to rises during exercise.

But Mr Cooke still has concerns and says many phone companies tell customers in small print to hold their devices away from their bodies.

"With smoking, the government denied it until they couldn't deny it any longer," he said. "It was the same thing with asbestos.

"This is bigger - this is the next weapon."

Mr Cooke says people should consider turning wireless devices off where possible and use speakers or airtube headsets while making mobile phone calls.

The event will be held at the Open House in Gloucester Street on Sunday October 8 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.

Is there really a danger from phones and wi-fi?

The NHS Choices website says: "Research suggests it's unlikely that mobile phones or base stations increase the risk of health problems. There's still some uncertainty about the potential for risks from long-term use over decades, and research on this is ongoing.

"Radio waves produced by mobile phones transmit in all directions to find the nearest base station.

"This means that some of the radio waves are directed at your body when you use a mobile phone. Radio waves are absorbed into your body tissue as energy, which adds to the energy being produced by your body's metabolism.

"Concerns have been raised that exposure to radio wave radiation might cause various health problems, ranging from cancer and infertility to non-specific but unpleasant symptoms.

"However, the only known effect of radio waves on the human body is a very small rise in temperature of up to 0.2C. This is comparable to natural increases in temperature, such as during exercise, and does not pose a known risk to health."
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Source: Mirror, Matt Discombe Lucy Clarke-Billings, 16 Nov 2017

Highly indebted mobile-phone mast corp. Arqiva, cancels IPO
United Kingdom Created: 15 Nov 2017
(extracts from article in MoneyWeek) Radio and mobile-phone mast company Arqiva, which had hoped to raise £4,5bn - blamed market uncertainty [for cancelled IPO].

Arqiva - “really deserve some kind of medal for limp excuses”, says Jeremy Warner in The Sunday Telegraph. Citing market uncertainty at a time when share prices have been hitting new record highs for months is like being a clothing retailer blaming a poor summer season on too much sunshine. It’s not hard to see what’s really going on here: the flotations’ sponsors were just being “too greedy”.

Arqiva, which is highly indebted, had just failed to secure a private sale, notes Jim Armitage in the Evening Standard, which means equity investors were being asked to buy something nobody else wanted – hardly an especially appealing proposition.

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Source: MoneyWeek, Andrew Van Sickle, 10 Nov 2017

Petition Parliament: Cancel the smart-meter rollout
United Kingdom Created: 11 Nov 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.

Sign the petition here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/203867

Help this reach 10000 signatures before 6 May 2018.
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Source: Parliament Petitions, Dave Ashton, 07 Nov 2017

Despite all their denials here is the proof it is a "SPY NET" after all !
United Kingdom Created: 9 Nov 2017
Census questions could be replaced with data from mobile phones to track where people live and work !

Census questions could be replaced with mobile phone data following a successful test by the Office of National Statistics. The plan is part of a Government-backed programme that could see the traditional questionnaire abandoned and other data sources, including phone records, used instead.
Phone data would allow the ONS to track where people live and work.
The agency has been carrying out experimental population analyses using different data sources since 2015, but this is the first to use data showing the location of phone users.
A report published on the ONS website yesterday revealed that the data showing commuting patterns, which was collected from Vodafone users aged 18 and over between March and April last year, matches well to corresponding census information collected in the 2011 poll.


The ONS has also examined how data from Mobile Phones could be used to analyze ethnicity wealth!
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Source: Agnes

Confusion and resistance hits UK smart meter plan, says new report
United Kingdom Created: 18 Sep 2017
Lack of consumer engagement, insufficient information is slowing down the UK’s £11bn energy smart meter roll-out, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Sussex.

Lack of consumer engagement, insufficient information is slowing down the UK’s £11bn energy smart meter roll-out, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Sussex.

The government plans to install smart meters in every home by 2020 to reduce national household energy consumption by 5-15%, and thereby help meet the UK’s climate change targets.

But despite a £100m marketing campaign, the smart meter programme has not met its targets due to consumer apathy and confusion, especially in the case of vulnerable people, say the researchers.

Professor Benjamin Sovacool, lead author of the study and director of the Sussex Energy Group, writes:
“We have recently seen how the government had to backtrack on its ambitions to make installation in every home obligatory; they are basically admitting a degree of failure.”

After a year of the Smart Meter Implementation Programme (SMIP) energy providers had only managed to install the meters in 7% of homes. To hit the target by 2020, suppliers would need to install 40,000 smart meters per day for the duration of the programme.

Sovacool points to consumer confusion and even resistance to the programme.
“This is a clear sign that they need to improve consumer engagement and the provision of information about the benefits of the technology. This is especially true when it comes to vulnerable classes of people, such as the elderly and those less educated.”

Dr Paula Kivimaa, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, writes:
”Given the removal of several important policy instruments targeting energy efficiency and demand reduction in buildings in 2015, the SMIP has a crucial role in advancing these policy targets. However, the failure to engage consumers effectively puts the success of this programme at risk.”

The full study is available for free until the end of September:
https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1VWWr14YGgTtDm
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Source: Electronics Weekly, Richard Wilson, 18 Sep 2017

New telecoms code turns landowners off mast agreements
United Kingdom Created: 12 Sep 2017
Farmers and landowners across the country are pulling out of telecoms agreements because of concerns over a tightening of communications legislation.

Strutt & Parker’s telecoms expert, Robert Paul, said that the new Electronic Communications Code, introduced in the Digital Economy Act 2017, would come into force in early 2018.

The code will affect all telecoms agreements, including BT wayleaves, and gives operators wider powers.

See also: What farmers need to know about the new telecoms code

Mr Paul said it was vital for landowners to understand how they may be affected

“The new code restricts the ability of a landowner to remove an operator, even if the lease has been breached or the rent has not been paid.

“An operator can only effectively be removed for redevelopment and then only after 18 months’ notice and potentially two separate court actions,” Mr Paul said.

He added: “Site providers, which include farmers and landowners, are now recognising the potential impact that an agreement for electronic communications equipment on their building or land might have on their normal business operations.”

Code concerns
Mr Paul said: “We are seeing many rural landowners who are unwilling to grant rights voluntarily because of concerns about the impact of the new code.”

And Mr Paul suggested that the number of landowners seeking to remove operators under the present code was up at by least 30% as they “woke up to the potential difficulties the new agreement could impose”.

The more onerous legislation was drawn up after telecoms companies complained that the existing code was unwieldy and was blocking government aims to improve coverage.

The operators voluntarily agreed to sign up to a new agreement, which imposed on them obligations to extend coverage in return for a new code improving their position.

Unrealistic demands
Developing phone technology would require a greater density of sites which, albeit with a smaller footprint, are still likely to give rise to the same issues and nuisances for site providers, said Mr Paul.

“Demands from operators for 24/7 access rights are often unrealistic and there are often good business reasons for restricting access.

“Operators’ demands for unfettered rights to fell trees, even for sites in commercial woodlands, are another major issue,” he said.

2020 network ‘unlikely’
Yet the Home Office, which is responsible for acquiring sites in more remote areas, is offering just £4,000 while also seeking wide assignation, sharing and access rights, said Mr Paul.

These issues and a growing reluctance to enter into agreements could threaten ambitions for greater coverage unless a resolution is found, he suggested.

“The terms being offered are proving unattractive to landowners and therefore the delivery of the improved network by September 2020 now looks unlikely.”
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Source: Farmers Weekly, Jonathan Riley, 11 Sep 2017

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