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Cumbernauld: Phone mast protesters call meeting
THE issue of installing phone masts in residential areas in Cumbernauld is to be debated at a meeting at the Link Community Centre - on the same day that
an official visit will be made to a site in Abronhill to consider a plan to erect a mast on it.
Called by the Cumbernauld Mast Relocation Group, the meeting, next Tuesday, July 26 at 7.30pm, is aiming to "help co-ordinate campaigning against the
mast and to address problems in the planning process when the masts are proposed in particular locations."
Group spokesperson Barbara Harvey said: "Personal experience of campaigning against the building of a mast in my area has made me acutely aware of
some of the health concerns regarding these masts. We are hoping to make people aware of this and to share experiences with others in how to campaign
in their communities to successfully object to the siting of a mast. We also have concerns about the planning process which seems to favour the telecommunications companies."
The group is planning a petition, which will be presented to the Scottish Parliament. Barbara added: "We hope people who are concerned about this issue will come along to build a co-ordinated and effective campaign in our town."
An application to build a mast at McCashin's garage in Abronhill was originally vetoed by NLC but an appeal has since been lodged.
Cumbernauld Today. 20 July 2005
FERNHILL. South Lanarkshire:
Anger at mast plan near two schools
FERNHILL residents are outraged at a proposal to site a mobile phone mast near to Cathkin Primary and Fernhill private school
One concerned resident, who does not want to be identified, said that the plan had angered many in the community, especially as the mast would be so close to schools.
At this stage South Lanarkshire Council has received a pre-planning application from the T-Mobile group which only intimates an interest in the site.
However, if T-Mobile choose to take their plans further and they are approved then the mast would go up on Burnside Road not far from Cathkin Primary School, Fernhill School, and a new housing development.
Norman Boyd, chair of Rutherglen Community Council, said that they were firmly opposed to plans for more masts.
He said: “The community council’s view is that far too many of these masts are going up. We are doubtful about the radiation factors but we cannot object on these grounds.
“There’s a rule in it somewhere that we can’t object on health and radiation grounds. The only objection that we could have is that it’s near a school or old folks’ home.
“We are not scared that one mast does damage but of the number of masts that are going up around Rutherglen.”
A spokesperson for South Lanarkshire Council confirmed that they had received paperwork from T-Mobile.
The spokesperson said: “A pre-application notification from agents acting on behalf of T-Mobile has been received for a mast on Burnside Road. This is common practice and alerts local authorities to areas where telecommunications companies are considering applying for planning permission.
“Should the company decide to proceed we would expect to receive a full planning application in due course.”
By Sharon McHendry
T-Mobile beaten by people power
Mobile phone giants have put new mast plans on hold
PROTESTERS in East Kilbride have rung up a victory against mobile phone giants T-Mobile.
The News can reveal the German company has ‘put on hold’ plans to erect a 50 foot phone mast on Mossneuk Road.
The shock decision comes after nearby residents and Hairmyres councillor David Watson launched petitions against the controversial plans.
More than 300 people put their names to the protest amid fears that the masts are a health hazard.
And locals were delighted this week when T-Mobile announced they are now looking for a more suitable location.
The unlikely victory will also give hope to fellow protesters in Calderwood and Stewartfield who are battling against similar plans for their area.
Councillor Watson said: “This is definitely a victory of sorts as T-Mobile are now looking for a more suitable, alternative site.
“They have said the plans are ‘on-hold’ because they have to be very careful about how they word such things.
“If they said they were scrapped then that would perhaps set a precedent and the company obviously wouldn’t want that.
“But this has shown that if a community sticks together and shows resolve then things can be done.
“We voiced a lot of concerns about this proposal and in fairness to T-Mobile, they took these on board.
“If the company did decide to come back to this site or another one in my ward then I would be looking for re-assurances that they would carry
out a full public consultation and also attend a public meeting.”
Residents living near Barrie Road in Calderwood and Fairfield Place in Stewartfield will now be looking to give T-Mobile another bloody nose
after they announced plans to build masts near them.
A spokesperson for T-Mobile confirmed the company were looking at alternatives to Mossneuk Road. He said: “After pre-planning consultation
we have re-evaluated the site and are looking at other options.
“We have looked at the various feedback and want to find the best alternative for both the company and the communities we serve.”
The spokesperson added that no decision had been made yet on the proposed sites at Calderwood and Stewartfield as consultation was still ongoing.
By David Wynn. Lanarkshire.co.uk .Created: 9 Jun 2005
T-Mobile 's lies about health risks
Telecom giant wins mobile mast bid
A telecom giant has won permission to put a controversial mobile phone mast inside a Cambuslang bell tower.
T Mobile has been given the green light to install a mast above the Greencross Care Centre in Tabernacle Road.
The firm insisted the mast, inside the 18-metre tower of the B-listed former public school, will be safe after people said it was close to a school.
Lanarkshire: Mast do better!
CAMBUSLANG residents are opposing a plan to erect a new mobile phone mast - which will be hidden inside a bowling club’s flagpole.
Houses in Grenville and Stewarton Drives, beside Kirkhill Bowling Club, have been leafleted over the past few days informing them of T Mobile’s plans for the area.
Already, a petition against the mast has been handed to the bowling club, with about 100 signatures gathered in a very short time.
Protestors have also written to Members of the Scottish Parliament, as well as local MP Tommy McAvoy, and intend to e-mail councillors on South Lanarkshire Council’s planning committee before they meet to decide on the issue next month.
A concerned Stewarton Drive resident said: “Because of an application to build a 3G mobile phone mast within 50 metres of my home, I sought support from my neighbours to oppose the installation.
“These neighbours also live dangerously close to the mast. I was amazed at the universal fear and concern expressed on the health risks.
“I gained almost 100 signatures in a very short time.
“The latest National Radiological Protection Board report acknowledges that more research is required and that there is growing evidence of biological effects from the rays emitted by these masts.
“The new 3G masts have been linked to negative effects on brain function. The report acknowledges that a minority of the general population may be ‘hypersensitive’ to the energy beams from the masts.”
The protestor pointed to quotes from Michael Clarke, radiation expert at the Health Protection Agency (NRPB).
Mr Clarke said: "We feel we should discourage prolonged use of mobile phones. Our view is that it is sensible to take a precautionary approach to mobile use, especially in the very young.”
The Stewarton Drive resident continued: “The Government recommends children less than eight should use mobile phones only for emergencies.
“The mast, which is at a similar height to the bedrooms of the surrounding houses, will expose the occupants to beams 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“I estimate that 50 per cent of those living within 100 metres of the mast have children of pre-school or primary school age - the age group that NRPB state are most at risk.
“T Mobile cannot tell me what other sites they have assessed before selecting this site in the middle of a residential area.
“There are alternative sites more remote from houses where the mast could be placed but they probably incur extra expense for T Mobile.”
To examine peoples’ concerns about mobile phone masts, the Government set up the Stewart Committee which reported in 2000.
The protestor continued: “This proposed mast does not have to be built, the risks, however small, do not have to be introduced to this residential area.
“As the Stewart Committee suggested, a precautionary approach should be adopted. We would suggest that prudent avoidance would be a better approach in our residential area.
“The health and well being of those who play at Kirkhill Bowling Club will also be put at risk, as they also will be subjected to the energy beams from the proposed mast.
“High-spirited youths have been known to trespass on the bowling green and it is believed that they flew underwear on the flagpole.
“A proper fence will be required round the flagpole to prevent youths shinning up the flagpole and getting fried.
“The field behind Grenville Drive or the pathway across the field at the top of West Coats Road seem more appropriate locations.“
By Kenny Smith. Lanarkshire. Created: 9 Jun 2005
Anyone looking for more information on the protests should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
People Power is the driving force
670 objectors fight off plan for Condorrat phone mast
PEOPLE Power has triumphed inCumber-nau ld following a special meeting last week - after North Lanarkshire Council planners got more than they
bargained for when objections flooded in to the construction of a phone mast at the Condorrat Ring Road.
The 15ft mast which had been proposed by mobile phone giants T Mobile was to be situated to the west of Avonhead Gardens - in a move which did
not pass muster with residents who already have two similar masts in their midst.
One mast already exists at the Ring Road - and another in Lomond Court is set to be 'enhanced' with more powerful antennae under special planning
guidelines which cannot be opposed by the public.
The issue was first aired at a planning meeting in April - where it swiftly became apparent that the community felt ill at ease with the as-yet inconclusive
evidence that the masts represent a radioactive risk with their emissions. The fact that three schools - Baird Memorial, St Helen's and Condorrat Primaries -
lay within a very close proximity to the mast was a cause of alarm to parents - many of whom signed a petition which attracted 670 signatures.
Objections were also received from Cumbernauld and Kilsyth MSP Cathie Craigie, Condorrat Community Council plus local councillor Gerry McElroy who insisted planners make a site visit to Condorrat and hold an individual hearing on the matter.
That took place on Friday when the objectors told planners in no uncertain terms why they could not support another mast in their community.
And the result has been the cause of much jubilation in Condorrat.
Councillor McElroy said: "We had our day in court - and we are absolutely delighted at the outcome. We felt that this was just a pole too far and I am glad that the planning and environment committee listened to our concerns."
Bobby Johnston of the community council added: "With the other masts, this was turning into a cluster. With these three schools nearby, it is not a risk we were willing to take."
Cumbernaud Today. By CLARE GRANT. 06 July 2005
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