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That was quick! ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS EXCLUSION document removed!
United Kingdom Created: 18 Aug 2017
7th of August we published the link to the insurance industry-wide exclusion for electromagnetic fields - and now its vanished from the source website, to instead return a "404" not found page.

Fortunately, we did archive a copy here on Mast-Victims, which you can get here below:

Aug 2017, United Kingdom: Insurance Industry: ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS EXCLUSION

Other ways to get the document text:

The Internet Archive "WaybackMachine" has a copy, here:

And a HTML rendering of the document is still retrievable from Google's cache:
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Source:, H. Eiriksson, 18 Aug 2017

Don't play with our children's lives! Uproar from parents over mobile phone mast to be built in youth centre grounds
United Kingdom Created: 17 Aug 2017
Parents are up in arms about a mobile phone mast which they say could harm the lives of their children.

The plans have been passed by Stroud District Council for the facility in the grounds of Frith Youth Centre, adjacent to Bussage playing field.

A registered charity which exists to provide a wide range of activities for local young people including various classes, the centre has permission to install the 24-metre mast yards from where children play.

More than 100 people signed a petition against the proposal, with their main concerns being the health impact, the surrounding countryside being AONB land and the negative visual element.

"The mast will destroy a bastion of microwave frequency free land for young children and the natural world to thrive, let's keep it a safe haven for the health of generations to come," said a message on the petition site to its backers.

The plans were approved without a public meeting to gauge the weight of opinion in both directions.

A recent meeting of Chalford Parish Council heard Cllr Paul Lily carried out substantial research into health risks associated with masts and confirmed it is not one with especially strong emissions.

However, similar plans in Painswick were recently rejected after public consultation.

"In my book if you want access to public money then you should try to act in accordance with majority public opinion," said one resident opposing the Frith Youth Centre project.

There have been health concerns over phone masts for years.

In 2011, the World Health Organisation /International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans based on an increased risk for a malignant type of brain cancer.

The Trustees of The Frith Youth Centre issued this statement: "We have agreed in principle to sign the contract with CILT for the mobile phone mast subject to further negotiation.

"The Trustees realise this will disappoint those who are unhappy about the mast, but having considered carefully the claims of the campaigners, the Trustees have concluded the interests of The Frith Youth Centre and the wider community are best served by signing the contract."
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Source: Gloustershire Live, Melissa Jones, 16 Aug 2017

United Kingdom Created: 7 Aug 2017
This endorsement modifies insurance provided under the following: COMMERCIAL GENERAL LIABILITY COVERAGE FORM.

The following is added to paragraph 2. Exclusions of both Section I – Coverage A – Bodily Injury And Property Damage Liability and Section I – Coverage B – Personal And Advertising Injury Liability:

This insurance does not apply to:
Electromagnetic Field Emissions and/or Radiation

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Source: General Liability Forms, 06 Sep 2011

It’s been a bad day for Smart Meters in Britain
United Kingdom Created: 4 Aug 2017
This evening, the BBC’s Watchdog Live programme did a follow up to its previous investigation on fires that have potentially been caused by poorly executed installations of smart meters. Since the original investigation they’ve been contacted by more people affected and tonight showed the devastating consequences for two families, whose homes had been gutted by fire – one from a faulty gas meter installation, and the second attributed to a faulty electricity meter installation.

The faults are not ascribed to smart meters themselves, but the haste to meet Government targets to install 53 million new meters by 2020. Because of multiple delays in the deployment programme, the industry is having to treble the number of installers, which is raising concerns for the safety of installations and has resulted in calls for a review of the timescales for installation.

Despite four requests, Greg Clark, the Minister for Hiding Things and not Admitting the Truth, who moonlights as the Energy Secretary, had refused to go onto the program or provide any explanation. Presumably, because so far, these have been largely unreported events. What Watchdog Live has done is to bring them to the public attention.

An interesting statistic they provided was from BEIS – The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. They said that in the first six months of 2017 “only 18 incidents had been reported out of 3 million installations”. That is one of those statistics which seem innocuous and reassuring at first glance, but start to get very worrying when you look at what’s underneath.

The British smart metering programme aims to install 53 million smart meters. So, if it carries on at this rate, that will mean 159 incidents for the full rollout. However, almost all of the 3 million installations which BEIS refer to will have been performed by the existing, experienced installation teams which have been doing this for year. It’s only now that the newly trained installers are starting to come into the picture. If we assume they may result in a doubling of the mis-fitting rate, (which is probably conservative), that would lead to just over 300 incidents we can expect over the next three years.

That’s 300 occasions where a house, flat or apartment may burn down. The tragic fire at Grenfell Towers destroyed 98 apartments, so, based on BEIS’ numbers, we are looking at the equivalent of one Grenfell Tower disaster per year for the next three years. Whilst that might feel like a glib comparison, it won’t feel like that for each of those people who lose their home. Stalin was alleged to have said that “A Single Death is a Tragedy; a Million Deaths is a Statistic”. It appears that Greg Clark’s equivalent is that “an individual fire can be ignored, a Grenfell Tower changes party policy”. So he’s content to hide and carry on with the smart metering deployment in the hope that no-one notices individual houses burning down.

We need far more information about how these installations are progressing. As this issue has not been raised, it’s unlikely that the fire service or the National Grid (who deal with gas emergencies) are specifically attributing incidents to smart meter installations, where that is appropriate. That needs to be corrected, so that we can get a far better handle on the effect of the massive influx of new installers. The industry perception is that they pose a risk, but we have no clear evidence and it is vital that we capture it.

There is a desperate need to review safety in this programme. It is not a smart meter issue per se, but a consequence of the rush to an unachievable political target, which many in the industry have been highlighting for years as an unacceptable danger.

The message from Watchdog Live was clear. Until common sense is applied to this mad rush to install, householders should not accept the offer of a smart meter. Your home is far more important than Mr Clark’s obsession with a political tick-box.
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Source: Creative Connectivity, Nick Hunn, 27 Jul 2017

Letter: Cancer worry over radiation
United Kingdom Created: 3 Aug 2017
Steve Grove is right, Letters, July 19 - Most low-level microwave radiation is found inside houses rather than outside them, and I agree with him – where are the facts on mobile phone masts?.

Our Government insists that drugs are tested before they are let loose on the public. No one tested the phone masts or the mobiles or the more dangerous Dect phones – Dect phones are like your own mini mobile phone mast in that they give out low-level microwaves in your home day and night. No one tested wi-fi or Bluetooth.

Basically it is left to us the public to prove that they are damaging our health.

The Government made billions selling the airwaves to the mobile phone companies who make around $17bn a year.

The economy profits. GNP goes up. Young and old are happily addicted to their phones.

The problem is that no one can see these microwaves – yet it seems to me that it is self-evident that, as our bodies/nerves work on electrical impulses, they can be interfered with by numerous other forms of radiation.

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence – for instance, in nearby Crediton there were five cancers in four homes directly behind each other in the beam of a phone mast.

These people are not all old – the cancers in the house nearest the mast being a five-year-old child and her young mother.

I spent five years going around the cancer and other illness clusters around mobile phone masts in England, houses where even the dogs and pet rats got cancers.

There are independent scientific studies that show low-level microwaves damage health. Those studying them soon stop getting research grants. The mobile phone companies do most of the studies which are short and quick and show they don’t affect us.

I can point to scientists who have been removed or sacked if they get the wrong results.

More than 6,000 doctors in Germany signed the Frieburger Appeal, pointing out the illnesses their patients were prone to when living near mobile phone masts. Our English doctors are not allowed to comment.

Phone masts, such as the new one proposed in Totnes, are for 4G phones, smart meters that GCHQ warns us can be hacked, and probably for those passing through Totnes on the train.

The Government has tied the hands of planners and our district councillors. Mobile phone masts go up as if they were lamp posts.

The planners are not allowed to object on health grounds and the councillors will incur huge fines if they do – we will then pay them via our council tax, and the masts will go up anyway.

Sue Webster

Bridgetown, Totnes
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Source: Totnes Times, Sue Webster, 26 Jul 2017

Letter: Mobile phone mast a concern
United Kingdom Created: 3 Aug 2017
I am writing to object to the planning application 2021/17/ PAT for a new mobile phone mast in Totnes.

As a journalist who has studied the biological effects of electromagnetic fields for more than two decades, I would like to object to the proposed mast on health grounds.

The UK currently has one of the highest EMF exposure levels in the world and I believe some residents in Totnes living close to the proposed mast are already suffering from cancer.

Hundreds of reputable peer-reviewed studies now show increased risk of cancer from telecommunications masts as well as Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular effects, DNA damage, depression, fertility problems, leukaemia and miscarriages

In response to recent research findings, the mayor of Paris has just reduced its citizen’s permitted mobile phone mast microwave radiation exposure to 10 times lower than the current UK level.

The World Health Organ­isation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies radio frequency radiation at class 2B, possible cancer agents. While a growing body of scientists now say they should be classed as a 2A, probable, or even class 1, certain.

In Sweden, electrical sensitivity (ES) is treated as a functional disability and sufferers can get grants to shield their homes from electro-magnetic radiation. There are mobile phone-free zones in Stockholm and Salzburg public transport systems.

Other countries such as Australia, France, Germany and Spain have recognised individual ES cases through disability awards, while Canada and Russia have medical centres specialising in ES.

As a soon-to-be Totnes resident, I am moving to the town as I understood that in many ways it was a special place to live where public health issues are high on the agenda.

Please do not put money before our public health.

Ms T Turner

Brooklands, Totnes
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Source: Totnes Times, Ms T Turner, 26 Jul 2017

Council apology for IT blunder that has given mobile mast by three schools the green light
United Kingdom Created: 2 Aug 2017
Greenwich council has apologised for an “IT mistake” which has resulted in a 12,5m mobile mast close to three schools getting the go ahead.

Residents said they were completely devastated that despite a massive campaign against the development, and the refusal of council planning permission, Vodafone has consent to build a telecommunications mast at the rear of 133 Westcombe Hill (Siebert Road) in Blackheath.

The council refused planning permission for the mast in November and so residents were shocked to see contractors arrive to start work last week. Greenwich council is now trying to see if the mast can still be stopped through other means.
In a subsequent letter of apology written to residents the council states: “Regretfully, and due to a systems error, the application wasn’t determined within the 56-day period which means it is deemed to be consented and the mast can now be installed provided all the other permissions are obtained. It is extremely unfortunate that the application wasn’t determined in 56 days, given representations objecting to the scheme were made.”

It is the second time this year the council has had to make such an apology. In May it was forced to explain why Vodafone had begun work on a mast close to Foxfield Primary School in Raglan Road, Woolwich, despite a huge number of objections made by the community. In that instance the mistake in missing the 56-day cut off was attributed to “human error”.

The council halted works in Westcombe Hill last week on grounds that it had not issued a highway permit for the use of the land. The council said in its letter to residents that it understood “the land in question is the responsibility of Transport for London (TfL), who as land owner has to agree the installation of the mast with the applicant.”

It noted that it has approached Tfl to make them aware of the situation. However TfL told The Mercury it does not own the land and it believes it is actually owned by Highways England.
Resident Nathalie Golden told The Mercury: “Everyone is completely devastated by this especially as there was such a massive campaign against the mast – the community really pulled together. And then it was heartening that the council agreed with us and rejected it – and then to find out it is to go ahead due to mismanagement is just terribly sad.
“Everyone thought the site was completely inappropriate as it was so close to three schools.”

The campaigners were concerned about the possible impact on the health of children from radiation, particularly as the site is less than 30 metres away from MEFA Montessori School and close to both Invicta Primary School and Greenwich Steiner School’s Kirkside Road site. Ms Golden said: “We are grateful for the council’s efforts now to do what they can to change the situation – but rules are rules especially in the area of planning permission.
“The council has told everyone the glitch has been fixed but one wonders how many other applications there are that might be affected.”

A spokeswoman for Greenwich council said: “The Royal Borough listened and responded to residents’ objections to this phone mast. Planning permission was therefore refused on November 14, 2016. An IT fault regrettably resulted in this decision coming after the legal 56-day period and therefore planning permission was attained ‘by default.’
“We apologise to residents and are determined, going forward, to make sure that all works on the site only proceed with the landowner’s permission.”

A Vodafone spokeswoman told the Mercury: “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 cover approximately half a mile in radius, therefore we have to put base stations close to our customers.

“Vodafone and O2 identified that they need to improve the coverage to their customers in Blackheath and we now have consent for a base station on Siebert Road. We have received a query on the land ownership at the proposed location and are currently investigating this point.
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Source: South London Press & Mercury, Mandy Little, 02 Aug 2017

Wireless pollution 'out of control' as corporate race for 5G gears up (2016)
United Kingdom Created: 15 Jul 2017
With the UK's Digital Economy Bill set to be finalised today, new 5G microwave spectra are about to be released across the planet without adequate safety testing, writes Lynne Wycherley. Global neglect of the Precautionary Principle is opening the way to corporate profit but placing humans and ecosystems at risk, and delaying a paradigm shift towards safer connectivity.

In Drowning in a Sea of Microwaves, the late geneticist Dr Mae-Wan Ho - a visionary voice who opposed GMOs - identified pollution from wireless technologies as a pressing issue of our times.

Noting evidence for "DNA damage ... cancers, microwave sickness, [and], impairment of fertility", she concluded: "Evidence is emerging that the health hazards associated with wireless microwaves are at least comparable to, if not worse than, those associated with cigarette smoking."

Since the advent of radar, followed by mobile phones and dense WiFi networks, such anthropogenic radiation has sky-rocketed. Although it is non-ionising, and does not destabilise molecules directly, evidence of other harm has been growing since 1950s studies on radar workers.

According to the updated Bio-initiative Report (2012+) by 29 precautionary scientists, effects on biology feature in several thousand, peer-reviewed papers. Yet troubling new findings rarely filter into the media. Or global Green discourse.

Though many studies have reported 'no significant effect', research by University of Washington biology professor Henry Lai, and others, reveals that wireless-industry funding is far more likely to yield such findings.

"Toujours ils créent doubte" ('they are forever creating doubt'), explains former Luxembourg Green MP Jean Huss, whose research on the wireless industry inspired the Council of Europe to call for many precautions (2011), including protection of warning scientists, and wired internet in schools.

But wireless-product marketing has a loud voice. Few of us realise that genetic effects and free radical damage - both disease risks over time - are the most common, cautionary findings. Device-crowded spaces, such as our peak commuter trains or all-wireless classrooms, may be creating a subtly toxic environment.

Wide-ranging, oxidative harm to animals has been found from WiFi sources. And linked pre-diabetic and pre-cancerous changes. Ground-breaking work by biochemistry professor Martin Pall, Washington State University - winner of eight international awards - reveals a viable mechanism for such harm. But as with other 'inconvenient truths', it is going unheard.

Bee-whispers: the sensitivity of life on Earth

Life's exquisite electro-physiology is still being discovered. Researchers at Bristol University reported in May that bees' hairs are highly sensitive to flowers' delicate EMFs. In controlled trials in Switzerland, bees reacted to mobile-phone signals with high-pitched 'piping': a cue to desert a hive.

Other studies show that mitochondria, the tiny power houses in our cells, are at risk from our new EMFs. And that even DNA, in its delicate antenna-like structure, may be frequency-sensitive.

The long-term, ecological implications of our new, anthropogenic radiation are not known. But peer-reviewed studies revealing harm to birds, tadpoles, trees, other plants, insects, rodents and livestock, offer clues.

Biology professor Lukas Margaritis, at Athens University, for example, uncovered harm to fruit flies from just a few minutes' exposure to our everyday wireless devices, including cordless phones, Bluetooth, and even digital baby monitors. Reviewing research, India's Ministry of Environment and Forests warned that sensitive habitats may need some protection.

The UK's Digital Economy Bill, about to receive its final seal, has sensible proposals for increasing country-wide access to fibre broadband: a technology that does not, in itself, stoke microwave pollution, though wireless add-ons do so. But probe beyond the bill to Ofcom's 5G consultations, and new EMF exposures emerge: part of global trend.

The worldwide rush towards 5G or 'fifth generation' wireless rollouts is set to raise our pulsing pollution to new levels. Untested, high microwave frequencies are being lined up to increase bandwidth, automation, and usage - at great profit to the industry.

These millimetre and centimetre waves, though too weak to heat us, may pose possible risks to our skin, and deeper surface tissue, including that of plants. High-density transmitters are envisaged. A troubling prospect for the many hundreds of patients seen by professor Dominique Belpomme's clinic in Paris: patients whose disabling symptoms from wireless technologies are supported by new brain scans and blood tests.

A delegation of scientists have petitioned for such electrosensitivity to be recognised as an environmentally-induced illness, with an International Disease Code (2015).

Rip-tides: when profits outpace caution

Pushing for fast rollouts, the wireless industry is also in conflict with the Internatonal EMF Scientists' Appeal to the United Nations. Signed by 223 scientists from 41 nations, it calls for remedial action - such as new safety limits, wave-free zones, and education of doctors - to protect our DNA, fertility, and nervous systems, plus children and pregnant women, from growing wireless exposure. And from rising, mains-electricity fields.

Signs that such caution may be needed are growing. The pulsed, polarized, microwaves used by wireless technologies pose more biological risks than smooth or natural waves. Weak millimetre waves have a known potential to increase antibiotic resistance: what ecological effects might they risk, perhaps, if used universally?

Studies also reveal a risk to skin pain receptors. Published associations between radio-masts and skin cancers, though at lower frequencies, plus mobile-phone masts and EMF-sensitive cancers (Adilza Dode, Minas Gerais University 2013), raise further questions.

In his summer press conference, Tom Wheeler - former head of the CTIA, the vast telecoms lobby- group, and controversial chair of the Federal Communications Commission - proposed unbridled "massive deployment" of commercial 5G transmitters, taking off in 2020.

Anticipating "tens of billions of dollars" of economic growth, with US telecoms "first out of the gate", he warned "Stay out of the way of technological development! Turning innovation loose is far preferable to expecting ... regulators to define the future".

With no mention of health-testing, carbon costs, or corporate responsibility, the FCC voted unaminously to go ahead by releasing swathes of untested high frequencies for private sector exploitation - so setting a trend. To questionable ends: added to other issues, how will our communities be affected by addiction to 5G multi-stream videos? How will it impact our spiritual communion with Nature?

Many American health activists, and cautioning scientists, are aghast. Dr Joel Moskowitz, director of community health studies at the University of California, warns "precaution is warranted before 5G is unleashed on the world".

Former government physicist Dr Ron Powell points out the plans "would irradiate everyone, including the most vulnerable to harm from radiofrequency radiation: pregnant women, unborn children, young children...the elderly, the disabled, and the chronically ill... It would set a goal of irradiating all environments".

Fracking the air? Fault-lines in safety

This drive to mine the electromagnetic spectrum come-what-may has echoes of fracking, and other headlong trends. In Captured Agency, the Harvard ethics report on the FCC, and the wider wireless industry, Norm Alster exposes ruthless "hardball tactics", supported by "armies of lawyers", at expense to our health.

Microwaves, Science and Lies (2014), filmed by Jean Hêches across Europe, exposes similar patterns that are driving our pulsed radiation to risky levels. Western "safety limits", based only on high levels that heat tissue, far exceed those of Russia, China, and some other nations.

Professor Yuri Grigoriev, long-serving chair of Russia's non-ionising radiation protection body (RNCNIRP), warned the UK's Radiation Research Trust "ionising radiation is monitored...[but] levels of non-ionising radiation are constantly increasing and ubiquitous: it is out of control ... Urgent action is needed".

Stealthy pollution-raisers, such as the 5G Internet of Things - with 30 billion tiny transmitters forecast for 2020 - and also, sadly, wireless smart-meters [1, 2*], vetoed by the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, may run counter to a cherished Green goal: that of nurturing healthy environments.

Can we manage our energy, perhaps, in more bio-sensitive ways? Court claims for wireless-meter health harm, supported by medical testimonies - including by neurology professor Andrew Marino (Louisiana) - are sweeping America. Professor Pall explains such meters' "high intensity" microwave pulses may be more toxic than we realise: "We know from the nanosecond studies these can be very damaging".

Data obtained by a judge revealed all-hour, house-piercing pulses every few seconds. New data-over-wiring innovations (if free of "dirty electricity") may offer inspiring, alternative ways forward.

Chrysalis: a paradigm in waiting

To create - in Wheeler's phrase - a global '5G ecosystem' of wireless super-saturated environments, at insidious risk, over time, to living ecosystems, not least our own bodies, is dysfunctional. And spiritually disturbing. It suggests a mindset deeply at odds with the orchid-like beauty of the Earth.

But cleaner innovations, such as LiFi, 'eco-dect-plus' phones, and the latest fibre-optics, suggest a wiser course. A new paradigm - safer connectivity, plus more balanced use - is emerging. And reminds of other step-changes in awareness. From pesticides to organic, from smoke-filled to smoke-free.

We can accede, if we wish, to our rising, planetary smog. To safety limits as high as the moon, in many scientists' eyes. And to wireless rollouts' growing carbon costs. Or taking pause, we may begin to call the industry to account - plus governments lulled by it.

We may air helpful new findings, such as risks from tablet-like exposures (Alexander Lerchl, Jacob Bremens University, 2015). And stark risks from passive exposure, bared by Leif Salford, medical professor at Lund University. We may defend DNA, if we wish, from ionizing and published non-ionizing risks, just as we defend our planet.

And alongside French Green Party MPs Laurence Abeille and Michèle Rivasi, plus the interntional Baubiologie movement, we can explore electromagnetic hygiene. Uplifting possibilities for a safer, cleaner world.
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Source: Ecologist, Lynne Wycherley, 27 Oct 2017

Wells campaign sees 'monster' phone mast rejected - residents on another city street seek to defeat a similar plan by Vodafone
United Kingdom Created: 11 Jul 2017
Many people want better mobile coverage but when it comes to having a large mobile phone mast yards from your home, the issue is proving highly contentious in Somerset.

A plan for a 17.5m phone mast in Wells branded 'monster' by residents was rejected by planners despite being recommended for prior approval after a big protest by residents.

The Vodafone proposal in Strawberry Way generated a petition and hundreds of comments and planners refused it.

Local people told Somerset Live they weren't against masts but they didn't want them in densely populated areas.

But the company is still planning to site another slightly smaller mast in a different part of the city where residents are staging another battle. Vodafone says it is responding to demand.

People in Bath Road say they are concerned about about possible health risks as well as the impact on their living environment. The 15m mast will be just yards from people's front doors, outside the Budgens store. A similar plan by the phone giant a few hundred yards away was shelved just months ago.

We should point out that Vodafone states there is no evidence for these concerns.

A spokeswoman said base stations worked well within guideline safety limits and there was 'no evidence' of adverse health effects for any members of the public.

Katie Biddiscombe lives on Bath Road - the mast will be a few feet from her front gate. She met with James Heappey MP this week at the site to express her concerns.

"My number one concern is for my children's health," said the 37-year-old mother-of-two.

"At the moment we can make an informed choice about how often we have the Wifi on and we do try to limit it."

Mrs Biddiscombe's nine-year-old son is on the autistic spectrum and she believes he would be particularly sensitive to radio waves emitted by such a mast.

"At the moment I notice a difference in his behaviour if we restrict the Wifi," she said.

"But we wouldn't be able to make a choice if the mast was there."

David James, 54, is also concerned about health risks.

"I worry about the children living here," he said.

"We just don't understand why the mast can't be further from people's homes - there is council land close-by."

A primary concern for many is cancer, but Cancer Research UK states that despite the rocketing use of mobile phones, the rate of brain tumours hasn't changed dramatically since the 1990s.

However it does say it is possible that incidence rates would only start rising after more time.

It quotes from an independent report in 2012 which says "there is no convincing evidence that being exposed to radiofrequency fields, including those from mobile phones, within the guidelines could affect somebody's health".

It also says masts and base stations are unlikely to increase your cancer risk and the exposure you get from a base station is actually "at least 100 times below international guidelines.... and much less than the exposure you would get from a phone".

-Health risks to the young and elderly in respect of electro-magnetic radiation
-The design and appearance of the mast and its equipment boxes are not in keeping with the area and it will tower over their homes
-The siting of the mast could be a hazard to pedestrians / drivers as it is near the entrance to Budgens as well as numerous driveways
-The mast and cabinet will obstruct a sizeable percentage of the pathway
-Two schools are in close proximity

What James Heappey said to residents

Mr Heappey explained that his powers were limited with regard to local planning issues of this kind but he did pledge to look into the concerns raised by residents - including health worries.

He said he was inundated by calls for better connectivity and band width. He praised efforts by Somerset Live and others in raising that issue but said:

"The problem is that where those masts go can be really contentious.

"I've been listening to people air their concerns over plans for a mast in Bath Road and it's clear that the planning authority needs to listen to those concerns."

What Vodafone says...

"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 cover approximately half a mile in radius, therefore we have to put base stations close to our customers.

"Vodafone and O2 have identified that they need to improve the coverage to their customers in Wells.

"All Vodafone and O2 base stations operate well within guideline safety limits, below these guidelines there is no evidence of adverse health effects for any members of the public."

What the local Mendip Council member says...

Councillor Roy Mackenzie said he opposed the plan on the grounds that it was in a conservation area, and that it was larger and more intrusive than a mast that had already been rejected in the same road.

*The consultation period for the plan ran out on June 23 but you can view the plan online at Mendip District Council
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Source: Somerset Live, Andrew Doyle, 08 Jul 2017

Council wrong in 'electricity allergy' man cash row, court rules
United Kingdom Created: 11 Jul 2017
A man who says he is allergic to electricity should not have had his payments from Cardiff council refused, a judge has ruled.

Peter Lloyd, 45, lives in a tent in the garden of an "uninhabitable" house, Cardiff Civil Justice Centre heard.

Mr Lloyd, who has electromagnetic hypersensitivity, said he was entitled to direct payments to employ a helper.

The council, which was ordered to pay £12,000 in costs, had claimed he was not capable of managing money.

Quashing the council's decision on Wednesday, Mr Justice Singh said electromagnetic hypersensitivity was not a recognised condition in the UK.

He added it was "not a matter for the court to say what the decision would have been if the authority went about its decision correctly".

Direct payments are given to individuals by councils so they can buy help or services instead of having them supplied by the authority.

Mr Lloyd lives in the back garden of a privately-owned home in Thornhill and has refused alternative accommodation and a portable toilet, the court heard.

He urinates in plastic bottles and defecates in bed pans lined with black bin bags.

He has no running water and an insurance company deemed the house uninhabitable after flooding and the discovery of asbestos - although that has since been removed.

When council workers went to collect Mr Lloyd's waste in May, they found 90 litres of urine and 40 bags of faeces.

He has meals delivered five times a week, including supplies for the weekend on a Friday. As he has no fridge, he has to have food which will not go off.

Representing Mr Lloyd, Christian Howells said: "Where he lives has to be adapted because the symptoms are very real to him."

He described the situation as "chicken and egg" - Mr Lloyd wants the money to pay for help to improve his day-to-day life but the council felt he was not in a position to be given the funds.
'Acted in good faith'

Rebecca Stickler, for the council, said: "The housing department has offered housing in a field and various properties and he has refused them all.

"It can't possibly be the case that a local authority should be compelled to use the public purse to pay money to someone who they know cannot manage that payment."

Mr Lloyd's private landlord has begun eviction proceedings in county court, he is estranged from his family and the council recognises him as homeless.

Speaking after the hearing, councillor Susan Elsmore, cabinet member for social care, health and wellbeing, insisted the council had never said Mr Lloyd was not capable of managing money.

"The council's role as a social services authority is to ensure that individuals have the opportunity to benefit from an appropriate assessment of their needs, and any services that may be necessary to meet them," she said.

"The council maintains that it has acted in keeping with its responsibilities, and in relation to this case that it has acted in good faith."
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Source: BBC News, South East Wales, 05 Jul 2017

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