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United Kingdom Created: 5 Jul 2005
Sussex Let's put an end to mast hysteria

A COUNCILLOR wants taxpayers money to be spent telling a sceptical public mobile phone masts are safe.
Labour Councillor Roy Pennington, who has outed himself as one of a small band of mast sympathisers on Brighton and Hove City Council, accused his colleagues of "low-level hypocrisy" for peddling hysteria about the unproven dangers of mobile phone masts to win votes. ...
..Coun Pennington said "We should look at why people have these concerns. Scientists have said there is no significant risk but people still feel there is
and we should do something to allay fears"
"There is too much hysteria about mobile phone masts"
"Mobile phone masts are as safe as safe can be".
Protesters force mobile firm to think again

Protesters campaigning against a mobile phone mast have forced a company to look for another site.
Seventy people opposed to 02's plans to construct a 15m mast outside the Norwich Union building, Worthing, stormed the company's drop-in session,
designed to explain the plans to the public.
It withdrew its application to erect the mast just north of the Broadwater roundabout from Worthing Borough Council two weeks ago for further public consultation but has now gone back to the drawing board.
The protest at Broadwater Parish Rooms on Tuesday evening was organised by the Charmandean, Offington and Broadwater Residents' Association,
which was set up in response to the plans.
Residents are worried about the mast being built within close proximity of homes, fears over health and environmental issues and the impact on property
02 community relations manager James Stevenson said: "Given the level of protest we have to take it seriously and we are going to look in the area again
for an alternative site which we can take to the local planners."
He explained a base station was necessary to provide 02 customers with third generation (3G) services and it was impossible to erect it alongside the
Orange mast further in Worthing because there was not enough room.
Campaigner Erwin Sargent, 51, said: "We put a lot of effort into organising the protest and it went very well, showing up the plan's inadequacies and the
level of concern in the community."
The Argus, West Sussex

Mobile phone giant O2 wants to put up a new mast in across the road from a popular playgroup meeting place.
The firm has issued notification that it intends to install the structure, believed to be 15 metres high, a similar distance across Nyetimber Lane
from the Pagham Church Centre.
This is used five mornings and two afternoons a week by 65 children in Pagham Playgroup.
It also hosts sessions of the Brownies, Guides, Rainbows as well as a mother and toddler group.
Two masts are already sited nearby on the football club and cricket club grounds.
Full report in the June 16 edition of the Bognor Regis Observer. 16 June 2005


The Owner of a small goat dairy farm in Nutley has spoken of his relief after plans to build a mobile phone mast metres from his kidding shed were withdrawn.
Brian Willcock, 74, of Humphreys Farm, said he would have been forced to get rid of his goats if plans to site the mast got approval.
But weeks after submitting plans for the site off the A22, telecommunications giants Vodafone and Orange have unexpectedly withdrawn their application.
Steve Arnold of Crown Castle UK said: "Orange and Vodafone are now not wanting to proceed with the project on that site So we will be withdrawing the application."
A Vodaphone spokeswoman said: "We withdrew [the plan] because of a financial reprioritisation It may not be a permanent withdrawl, it may be transferred to a future financial year."
Mr Willcock said: "I'm very relieved indeed, and most grateful to Crown Castle for withdrawing their application. I think it is a morally correct decision."
The former pilot - who looks after the farm with his wife Margaret - was convinced that emissions from the proposed structure would have proven harmful to his herd and said that research into the effects of electromagnetic waves on animals confirmed his fears.
His concerns followed an application to Wealden District Council earlier this month by telecommunication sites manager Crown Castle UK for a new lattice mast to be built at the Nutley Telephone Exchange.
The proposed structure would have stood at 17.5m with a 3.2m slimline rocket extension to support Vodafone and Orange antennae.
If given approval, it would have been only 8m from a kidding shed at the farm and 21m from a milking parlour.
Mr Willcock said he feared the effect that the mast would have had on his goats and pointed towards a recent study in which cattle exposed to electromagnetic fields experienced lower milk yields and increased occurrence of poor health and behavioural abnormalities.
The German experts behind the investigation found that when removed from a nearby transmitting antenna the cows recovered, only for symptoms to reoccur when they were returned to the original field.
Mr Willcock - a mobile phone user himself - has now called on network operators to position masts away from people and livestock.
He said: "We don't mind masts, but what we do not want is masts that are close to houses.
"All we are asking is for the masts to be 400m away."
Over the last eight years, repeated bids to station a mast on land next to his farm have been made. During one previous application, Mr Willcock collected 600 names on a petition objecting to the mast.
Kent and Sussex Courier. - 27 May 2005

Bognor Regis:
The people v 02

This is one of three local campaigns against 02.
The other two areas, Avisford Park, and West Park, have joined together to fight 02 on three fronts.
Other areas of Bognor Regis are helping, too.
Pagham and West Park proposed sites are only 1 mile away on opposite sides from Avisford Park.
West Park has been blitzed for the past eighteen months.
The petition total has now passed the 500 mark with many more to come in.
Viva the people and people power!

People Power again

A group formed to fight plans to put a mobile phone mast outside homes in north Shoreham won the first round of its battle on Monday.
Shoreham Community Residents Against Masts (SCRAM) was set up by leading protester Rod Hotton, whose home in Downsway would have directly
faced the mast.
Mr Hotton, now chairman of SCRAM, held a protest meeting in his garden, got residents to sign protest letters and lobbied the council in a bid to get its
Although T-Mobile did not technically need planning permission for its proposed, 11-metre mast on the junction of Downsway and Upper Shoreham Road, because it was under 15 metres high, Adur councillors unanimously voted to refuse it after stating it was detrimental to the area and would endanger
traffic on a busy road junction.
Member Janet Mockridge said: "This is a totally inappropriate site for a phone mast. It will spoil a green, leafy environment and would stand in isolation in the area."
Mr Hotton, speaking from a packed public gallery, spoke on behalf of the objectors, after Adur council revealed it had received 328 letters of objection from residents against the mast.

Mr Hotton urged the council to use its best endeavours to get the law and planning guidelines changed, as he claimed the current rules and regulations
were biased in favour of the telecommunications companies.
After the meeting, Mr Hotton said: "Although the first battle has been won, SCRAM are expecting an appeal by T-Mobile, despite suggesting several
feasible alternative sites.
"SCRAM are already preparing their case for the next stage and are also prepared to take the fight all the way to the European courts, if necessary."
Shoreham Herald, Sussex 07 July 2005

Planners back mast refusal

A protest against a mobile phone mast is expected to go ahead despite a council recommendation the planning application should be refused.
Adur District Council has received 264 letters objecting to telecoms firm T-Mobile's plans for a 12m mast at the junction of Downsway and Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham.
Objectors include Shoreham Community Residents Against Masts and the Campaign for Planning Sanity. They fear the mast will have a major impact on the appearance of the area and could pose a health risk.
There are also concerns it could block the view of motorists using the busy junction and harm wildlife including bats, pigmy shrews and stag beetles.
West Sussex County Council's transport officers say refusal would be justified on road safety grounds. They believe a mast so close to the junction could affect safety when maintenance vehicles are parked nearby.
Adur planning officers are also recommending refusal because it would be too close to the junction and homes.
Protestors say they will go ahead with a demonstration ahead of Monday's planning meeting at the civic centre in Ham Road, Shoreham, at 7pm.
Organiser Rod Hotton said: "We are going to demonstrate to reinforce our objections to the application and spur councillors into refusing it."
The Argus, West Sussex

3G will not have major impact? Town Council needseducating!
Councillors have given the green light for an application for a mobile phone mast in Edenbridge.
At a meeting of Edenbridge Town Council's planning and transportation committee on Monday they agreed that the 17.5m high mast, three antennas
and a dish antenna should be allowed to be installed in Fircroft Way.
The council representatives decided that as the area was already industrial the mast would not have a major impact on the surrounding area.
Cllr Elizabeth Plant did have some concerns about the height of the proposed mast but others agreed that the application should be accepted.
The application by Hutchinson 3G will now go to Sevenoaks District Council where a final decision is expected to be taken by the end of July.
Kent and Sussex Courier 01 July 2005

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