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Rachel Bratt lost her life after battling Neuroblastoma for more than two years, but Blair STILL believes in masts.
Scotland Created: 14 Nov 2005
Holyrood told of mast fears

A mass of mobile phone transmitters on the roof of St Andrews’ cinema has been used in Holyrood to highlight the issue of masts on public buildings, writes Cheryl Wood.

New Picture House — believed to host four transmitters — was used as an example by MSP Ted Brocklebank as he quizzed the Scottish Executive on legislation to prevent public buildings being swamped by masts.

Also raising doubts over the long-term health effects of masts, his question to deputy communities minister Johann Lamont came just days after the death of a St Andrews tot from a rare form of cancer.

Rachel Bratt’s parents Raymond and Charlotte believe that a mast close to their former home in Balmullo was partly to blame for her being diagnosed with neuroblastoma.

The four-year-old died on November 2 after battling the illness for more than two years.

Conservative MSP Mr Brocklebank said, “Many people who, like me, live in the centre of St Andrews, are becoming increasingly concerned that masts seem
to be proliferating at an alarming pace on the roof of New Picture House in North Street.
“There is still too much unknown about the effects of these masts, and where will it all stop?
“Are we to have school roofs almost entirely covered with masts while our children and grandchildren play underneath?
“The fact is we still cannot be sure about the long-term effects of some communications systems.”

Rachel’s parents have conducted research into the effects of transmissions and have vowed to continue even after their daughter’s death.

Mrs Bratt said, “They continue to stick these masts up and ignore what has been said about them.
“Until they are 100 per cent certain they don’t affect people, they shouldn’t put them up.
“I will keep fighting. I don’t want other families to go through what we have.”

In the Scottish Parliament yesterday, Mrs Lamont acknowledged people were concerned about mobile phone masts, but declined to comment on a particular site.
“Depending on the circumstances of a case, there may be a number of pieces of legislation with which such installations would have to comply,” she said.
“It is incumbent on everyone involved to be as transparent as possible about where the masts are going, who is operating them and so on, particularly given
the unease about telecommunications masts.

“Current research does not reinforce that unease, but I know from my area that neither the current research nor emphasis of the fact that we are tracking the matter sufficiently reassure people.
“It is important — I know that the industry is committed to this — to work as closely as possible with people and to try, if possible, to site masts where people
are comfortable with them.”
11 November 2005
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Source: Cheryl Wood.

Scotland Created: 25 Sep 2005
One in 20 Scots are victims of radio waves from police masts

Fury as 1000 new pylons are erected all over Scotland

ONE in 20 Scots is at risk from a crippling illness triggered by electromagnetic waves from new police radio masts.
Victims of electro sensitivity suffer nausea, headaches, nose bleeds, loss of feeling in arms and legs and chest pains.

One victim compared it to being a human aerial.

Professor Olle Johansson, of the department of neuroscience at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, said:
"Once proper investigations have been carried out I'd expect to see between three to five per cent of people in Scotland and the rest of the UK
diagnosed as electro sensitive."

The new £2.5billion police communication system Tetra - Terrestrial Trunked Radio - has been introduced throughout the UK.
More than 1000 masts have been erected in Scotland.
They pulse at 17.6Hz - above the 16Hz frequency the Government's Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones warns might affect brain activity.
Experts say radio waves at this frequency can cause calcium to leak from the brain, causing damage to the nervous and immune systems.
If the masts are under 15 metres they don't need planning permission.
The Sunday Mail spoke to three victims of the illness last week.

# Former nurse Catherine Fraser, 78, of Old Kilpatrick, near Glasgow, claims her home vibrates due to the masts near it.
# Georgie Hyslop, 63, of Largs, Ayrshire, says she travelled 14,000 miles to escape the affects of electromagnetic fields.
# Website designer Mark Bannerman, 40, of Pittenweem, Fife, has been unable to switch on his computer since a Tetra mast was built near his home.

Electrosensitivity is a heightened reaction to electrical energy when exposed to electromagnetic fields such as microwave radiation from mobile phones,
radio waves from phone and Tetra masts and energy from pylons.

It has been identified as a major problem in a report to be published next month by the Government-backed Health Protection Agency.

Rod Read, chairman of Electrosensitivity UK, said:
"We are being exposed to so much electric emissions that certain people are reaching saturation point
25 September 2005
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Source: By Julia Hunt. The Sunday Mail Scotland.

Scotland Created: 17 Jul 2005

Councillors were given clear legal advice yesterday that any appeal against a decision to grant planning consent for a mobile phone mast in a north-east town would be futile.
Banff and Buchan members learned that a Scottish Executive reporter had reversed a decision by councillors who voted last year to reject the proposal at Banff.
Mobile phone giant Vodafone had lodged an appeal against the council decision and it was allowed following an inquiry.
The Scottish Executive reporter approved permission for a 40ft mast at West End Garage, Jail Lane.
Vodafone argued it was needed to improve mobile reception in Banff and said the scheme conformed with radiological safety guidelines.
Aberdeenshire legal manager Jim Buchan told the Banff and Buchan area committee yesterday: "We could have considered an appeal against the reporter's decision. But looking at the decision, we are strongly of the view it would be doomed to failure from the start."
Mr Buchan was responding to comments by Banff councillor John Cox who said many residents in Banff were unhappy at the reporter's decision.
Mr Cox asked if there was any further action councillors could take and said the area west of the site was a valuable piece of ground which could be developed in the future.
He went on: "I know the health authorities were interested in looking for a site for a dementia unit."
Mr Buchan said there were no proposals for the site and no planning designation for a dementia unit.
He said he had based Aberdeenshire's defence of the decision to reject the mast application on the volume of public objections.
The area committee threw out the Vodafone application last year after raising doubts about the technical justification for the mast. Councillors also said the site was on the edge of a conservation area and close to ground which could be developed for hospital needs.
The mast application attracted 24 objections from people living in the immediate area who raised health and safety concerns.
Banff West councillor Jeanette McKee said yesterday the Scottish Executive encouraged community involvement in planning and on the other hand dismissed the public views on this proposal.
She questioned the need for a mast and said during a site visit, everyone with mobile phones got a signal at the site.
Mr Buchan said the Scottish Executive reporter had not questioned the technical justification for a mast.
The committee noted the appeal decision after committee vice-chairman Councillor Brian Topping said that there appeared to be no prospect of winning a legal battle against it.
JOHN THOMSON. - 25 May 2005.

Scotland Created: 17 Jul 2005
Carnoustie Golf Course Hotel drops plan for mast

Telecommunications firm O2 Airwave has abandoned controversial plans to erect two flagpole antennae on top of the Carnoustie Golf Course Hotel.
Angus councillors had recently admitted defeat in the fight against TETRA technology being placed on top of the hotel.
O2 Airwave gained planning permission for the site after winning the backing of the Scottish Executive following the local authority’s failure to determine its planning application last year.
But the company revealed this week the hotel site was “no longer a plausible proposition” and it had identified a new site near Pitskelly Farm.
Ryan Stinson, acquisition agent for Airwave, said, “After many months of frustrating investigations, we believe we have, in consultation with the local planning department, discovered a new, even more suitable site that not only provides the necessary radio coverage but also offers little visual impact on the residents of Carnoustie.”
The proposed location of the 30-metre lattice mast is within a band of trees on the farm’s southern boundary.
“The trees surrounding the site are approximately 25-27 metres in height and will provide screening of the structure when viewed from Carnoustie and the surrounding area,” Mr Stinson said.
He said the site was surrounded by agricultural land and would offer very little visual intrusion to surrounding properties.
Telegraph and Post 1/6/05

Scotland Created: 17 Jul 2005
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Scotland Created: 17 Jul 2005
Mast looks set to get the green light

SOUTH Ayrshire Council’s planning committee were expected to approve plans for a Vodafone communications mast in Ayr’s Doonholm Road at a meeting on Tuesday.
The 18 metre high mast satisfies guidelines guarding the public from safety issues such as radiation but attracted a handful of objections from local residents.
Concerns were also raised over the proposed mast’s close proximity to The Mote monument.
One resident said: “Purely commercial interests are involved in the siting of this mast not only from the point of view of Vodafone but also presumably from the point of view of the owner of the land who will receive around £8,000 to £10,000 per annum for allowing Vodafone to have a mast on this site.”
Fears were also raised over the effect of a mast on the heavily populated residential area which includes a primary school.
However, the council were expected to approve the plans in accordance with national guidance over safety issues.
Ayrshire Post Jun 29 2005
North Ayrshire:
Call from phone mast protesters Jun 9 2005
ANGRY parents fighting to stop a phone mast being erected next to a primary school are calling on all residents to write to North Ayrshire Council and
object to the plans.
The campaigning residents have formed a group, SAYNO2O2 and want to stop the 15 metre high 3G mast being put on ground along from Lawthorn Primary School.
They have already written to every parent of children at the school asking for support and now want Irvine Herald readers to sign up and write to the council’s planning team.
They have mounted a letter on a website for residents to print off:
Councillor slams planning ban Jun 2 2005

MOBILE phone masts are being put up next to people’s homes because they’re banned from council owned land, say Tory councillors.
And Troon councillor Peter Convery revealed this week that he’s taken his campaign for the ban to be relaxed all the way to the Scottish Parliament.
He insists that while more appropriate open spaces lie empty, masts are being erected just metres away from homes.
Councillor Convery explained: “By banning the use of council land for the purposes of telecommunications equipment, the council’s policy has forced
mobile phone companies to target sites in close proximity to residential areas.
“In many instances the companies themselves would have preferred to locate their equipment on, for example, golf courses and other open spaces
removed from residential properties.”
He added: “Two recent examples are the planning applications for 02 masts in Troon at Lochend Road and Kilmarnock Road, which provoked what in
my view was a quite understandable level of concern and objection amongst local residents.
“Had the council’s moratorium policy not been in place, I believe that both of these facilities would have been sited in much more appropriate locations,
nowhere near residential areas.
“While I clearly would not want to see a rash of mobile phone masts springing up across local parklands and golf courses, it equally does not seem sensible
to close such locations off completely as an option, particularly when the alternative is for masts to end up being sited just meters from the homes of local residents.”
A motion by Councillor Convery and his Conservative group colleague, Councillor Alistair Kerr, calling on the moratorium to be reviewed was rejected at a
recent meeting of South Ayrshire Council.
Councillor Convery went on: “ I decided to take the matter to the Scottish Parliament’s petitions committee, since I believe the parliament has a crucial role
to play in helping ensure that there is clear guidance on how such moratoriums should be applied, to balance the need to roll out new telecommunications systems with the expressed concerns of local people.
“While the two recent cases in Troon have raised the profile of this issue locally, this is a problem that affects the whole of Scotland.
I hope that by drawing it to the attention on the Scottish Parliament’s petitions committee, a sensible solution can be arrived at.”
The issue will be debated by the petitions committee when it holds its special sitting at Ayr’s County Buildings on Monday, June 6.
Created: 6 Jun 2005 Ayrshire Post

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